News and opinions in the public domain and TWC2’s response

5 08, 2019

14,000 foreign spouses in Singapore work

2019-08-30T16:30:43+08:00August 5th, 2019|News, News Flash|

At a Parliamentary sitting on 15 January 2019, Nominated Members of Parliament Anthea Ong and Mohamed Irshad asked the Minister for Social and Family Development questions regarding foreign spouses of citizens and permanent residents. The Minister of State for Social and Family Development, Sam Tan, answered for the minister. In the latter part of the

27 05, 2019

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

2019-08-30T16:30:43+08:00May 27th, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

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.

17 04, 2019

Employers’ responsibility for workers on special passes

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00April 17th, 2019|News, Our Stand|

Transient Workers Count Too notes that the new Regulations (with effect from April 2017) subsidiary to the revised Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (2012), contain two clauses that make employers' responsibility more explicit. These are among other changes in the new Regulations. These two clauses are found in Part III of the Fourth Schedule of

17 04, 2019

Call: Clarify law on filming domestic workers

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00April 17th, 2019|News, Our Stand, Press Releases|

Joint statement by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) and Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) issued 11 November 2015. Recently, the media has discussed the camera surveillance of domestic workers by employers.  Reports state (and our experience tells us) that this includes the use of

31 03, 2019

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

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00March 31st, 2019|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

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 Czech Republic, Hungary,

8 12, 2018

Some days the skies are clear and problems float away

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00December 8th, 2018|Articles, Happenings, Media Coverage, News, Stories|

"Migrant workers volunteer to clean Pasir Ris beach on Saturday" said the headline in the Straits Times, 17 October 2018. Indeed, that's what a large group of TWC2 clients did, led by Irene Ong and Marcel Bandur, joint leaders of our Discover Singapore team. This team organises activities for the workers under our care every

12 11, 2018

Letters in Straits Times forum re light duties

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00November 12th, 2018|News, News Flash|

Following a story in the Straits Times (see earlier article) about a circular jointly issued by the Ministries of Health (MOH) and Manpower (MOM) reminding doctors about their ethical responsibility to issue appropriate medical leave, a hand surgeon affiliated with Gleneagles Hospital wrote to the newspaper's forum with his point of view. Dr Andrew Yam

12 11, 2018

Ministries of Health and Manpower issue circular re medical leave. Again.

2019-08-30T16:30:46+08:00November 12th, 2018|News, News Flash|

On 17 September 2018, the Ministries of Health and Manpower jointly issued a circular to doctors reminding them to abide by guidelines laid out by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) with reference to medical leave. The relevant guidelines cited were the 2016 Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (ECEG): Guideline B4(4) - Medical Certificates. The full circular can