Type of issue: work safety

5 03, 2019

Why we didn’t help one worker

2019-08-30T16:30:44+08:00March 5th, 2019|Articles, Stories|

While we try to help every foreign worker who comes to TWC2 with a problem, our volunteers are realistic enough to know that some workers are not blameless. In such a situation, we modulate the help that we extend. About a month ago, a guy -- let's call him Sham (not his real name)

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

25 10, 2017

Straits Times: Help migrant workers stand up for their own safety

2019-08-30T16:31:09+08:00October 25th, 2017|Media Coverage, News, Our Stand|

TWC2's article as printed in the Straits Times (part) The commentary below was published in the Straits Times, 25 October 2017. John Gee For The Straits Times They form majority of workers in workplaces with high accident rates and deserve more targeted help measures Singapore has set itself the target of significantly reducing its

5 09, 2017

A leap of faith goes four metres down

2019-08-30T16:31:31+08:00September 5th, 2017|Articles, Stories|

By Liang Lei, based on an interview in June 2017 What would you do if you think that your job constitutes a breach of safety regulations? For foreign workers, even having a choice of action is regrettably often a luxury. The consequence of disobeying supervisors’ orders, however unsafe, can be the sack. As a result, many

9 05, 2017

Today newspaper highlights TWC2’s work fatigue study

2019-08-30T16:31:33+08:00May 9th, 2017|Media Coverage, News|

Transient Workers' Count Too's Work Fatigue survey (see here for more about the study) was featured in Today newspaper on 6 May 2017. As often is the case in Singapore, the story leads with a headline ("Firms which don’t give workers enough rest taken to task: MOM") and a response from the government claiming that

23 02, 2017

9,000 salary complaints, 16,000 injured workers in 2016

2019-08-30T16:31:34+08:00February 23rd, 2017|News, News Flash|

In 2016, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) received about 9,000 complaints from workers over salaries. These complaints related to about 4,500 employers. This was reported in the Straits Times, 6 Feb 2017, in a story reporting on questions and answers from a parliamentary sitting. Manpower minister Lim Swee Say also mentioned that in the last

1 12, 2016

Bangladeshi cleaner electrocuted while washing floor

2019-08-30T16:31:57+08:00December 1st, 2016|News, News Flash|

The Straits Times reported, 1 December 2016, a coroner's finding that Kabir Mohammad Faysal, 29, had been electrocuted while using a water jet to clean the floor at a housing estate. The motor of the jet had not been grounded and he was barefoot as he did his job. The Straits Times reported: In his findings