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Salary Slip Survey 2018

September 3rd, 2019|

Although the law says itemised pay slips should be given to employees, 22.5% of foreign workers polled by TWC2 did not get them. Some pay slips were also deficient in detail. And a third of workers were still being paid in cash -- a mode of payment that is associated with salary underpayment and disputes.

More of here, less of there: Increase in repeat workers and fat profits for the underground job broker in Singapore

May 27th, 2019|

In this research study, TWC2 found that about 80% of South Asian workers were "repeat workers", a huge change from a few years ago. We also found that about half of them used a Singapore-based job broker to find a job. Typically, these are foreign workers themselves, not licensed employment agents. It's illicit but profitable.

27% fewer foreign worker claims at ECT in 2018 compared to 2017, why?

April 12th, 2019|

On 6 March 2019, Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong asked the Minister of Manpower to supply figures for 2017 and 2018 respectively regarding ... (a) how many salary claims were filed by (i) local employees and (ii) foreign workers at the Employment Claims Tribunal; (b) how many court orders

Rights don’t mean squat without accessible avenues of redress

April 8th, 2019|

The photo is of an illuminated billboard along Bukit Batok West Avenue 3. It seeks to inform workers of their employment rights, and is sponsored by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) the Central Provident Fund and TAFEP (Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices). The smaller words in the

Global Compact for Migration: how far off its standards is Singapore?

March 31st, 2019|

The United Nations' Global Compact for Migration (GCM) was adopted by a great majority of UN members on 10 December 2018 at a conference in Marrakech, Morocco. It was endorsed by the General Assembly on 19 December 2018, where 152 countries voted in favour. Five countries voted against

The Cuff Road Project 2018

March 11th, 2019|

TWC2's Cuff Road Project (TCRP) serves the immediate needs of South Asian male migrant workers. Specifically, these are workers who are awaiting resolution of claims, complaints or investigations they've lodged with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and have no access to paid work from their employers due to

TWC2 comments on proposed amendments to WICA

February 22nd, 2019|

In January 2019, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) sought public feedback on some proposed amendments to the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA). As TWC2 sees over a thousand cases a year of work injury among foreign workers, this matter is germane to our work. MOM's proposals centre chiefly around