Help for migrant workers in distress

PHOTO: Help for migrant workers in distress

The Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) stands ready to help all migrant workers who need housing and other subsistence aid, such as meals and other living needs ("Injured workers avoiding firms' dorms"; Tuesday).

Since its establishment in 2009, the MWC has housed, fed or represented more than 7,000 workers.

We encourage all destitute migrant workers to approach us for immediate assistance, and we will ensure they receive the proper help that they need.

We are concerned that injured workers may resort to illegal employment to support themselves, as this opens them up to a range of abuses such as infringements of employment conditions, and health and safety requirements.

While migrant workers are currently told of their entitlements and the work environment upon entry into Singapore and upon issuance of their work permits, we agree that more can be done to continually engage them on their employment rights and the available help channels in Singapore.

Through the MWC's initiatives, which include a 24-hour helpline and free professional legal advice, we hope to give migrant workers direct, easy and round-the-clock assistance on any matter that might concern them.

We will also step up our engagement efforts so that all migrant workers are aware that they have access to care, and no distressed worker is unaware of who to turn to for help.

The MWC strongly urges needy migrant workers to contact us on 6536-2692 or visit either of our two help centres located at 62 Rangoon Road and 82, Lorong 23 Geylang, to avoid risking their future employment or, worse, their health and welfare.

Yeo Guat Kwang

Chairman

Migrant Workers' Centre


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