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“Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics”: Surveys On Private School Graduates And Foreign Domestic Workers

Two surveys published in November – on private school graduates and foreign domestic workers in Singapore – drew contrasting interpretations, raising questions about how statistics is used. And more specifically, on the statistical issues of sampling, as well as study or survey design. Continue reading

Hold Foreign-Worker Dormitories To Greater Account

This is not the first time transgressions in foreign-worker dormitories – “bedbug and cockroach infestations, overcrowded sleeping quarters, and meals left beside workers’ beds that would go bad” (TODAY, Aug. 14) – have been observed and reported, yet it is not clear the extent to which the submission of documentation and observations to the government informs the penalties meted out. In fact, the recent visits conducted by the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) bring to mind even broader questions: The prevalence of poor living conditions among foreign workers in Singapore, the avenues through which workers can consequently seek redress (and, moreover, how efficient that process is), and whether other non-government groups can help to flag more instances of similar abuse. Continue reading

Survey Mothers And Mothers-To-Be On Prevalence Of Workplace Discrimination

I applaud TODAY for bringing attention to the issue of subtle workplace discrimination faced by mothers and mothers-to-be. It is critical to go beyond the number of pregnant women unfairly dismissed provided by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) – when “there are subtle ways of discrimination at the workplace” (TODAY, Jun. 19) – to uncover both discriminatory practices as well as their prevalence in Singapore. In fact, the newspaper’s own Facebook post for this article drew a worrying number of anecdotes, ranging from dismissals after requests for redeployment were turned down, to the creation of perceived inconveniences or responsibilities upon pregnancy. Continue reading

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