04 Jan '12, 5am

Foreign worker claims he was given just $9.50 for 18 days' work

Foreign worker claims he was given just $9.50 for 18 days' work

HOW would you react if you were paid $9.50 for 18 days of work? That's the amount Mr Rafiq Miah Abdur Rahman claimed he got for hacking walls. The 27-year-old construction worker claimed that his $259.50 pay for the month of January was reduced to just $9.50 following deductions for food expenses as well as for security deposit and loan payments to his employer. Although the amounts he took back in subsequent months increase, his pay was a fraction of what he said he was promised by an agent in Bangladesh – about $1,200 per month basic, plus overtime pay. Migrant worker welfare groups, Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home) and Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), told TNP that migrant workers in Singapore like Mr Rafiq are often caught in a bind.

Full article: http://www.tnp.sg/content/i-was-given-only-950-18-days-work

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