Treating workers with dignity and respect

TOC’s note: The workers at the dormitories at Tagore Lane, which have been featured in news reports recently, are still awaiting jobs and/or being paid. In the meantime, they are in need of help. So far, TWC2 and HOME are helping them. If you wish to contribute donations, please call TWC2 at : 6247 7001.

The following is a message from MARUAH:

As part of the U60 celebrations of the recent 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, MARUAH (Singapore Working Group on ASEAN HRM) held an event to emphasize the importance of Articles 23-25 of the UDHR, which deals with fair and just conditions for workers.

This event, Making A Commitment, was held on 13 December 2008 at Speakers’ Corner. Organized by MARUAH with support from partners such as Action for Aids, AWARE, Transient Workers Count Too, HOME and individuals, a number of speakers spoke up on the need for protection for vulnerable communities such as contract workers, the elderly, those with disabilities, migrant workers, persons living with HIV and people who are homosexuals or transgender.

Members of the public were invited to make pledge – a commitment – to affirm their stand which many did by holding up placards with a chosen slogan promoting a workplace issue. These were captured on video by volunteers, Mr Patrick Chng and Ms Stephanie Chok, as a New Year resolution for 2009 to treat all workers with dignity. This video has been uploaded on Vimeo as a New Year resolution for 2009 to treat all workers with dignity.

The video can be viewed online at:

News websites who wish to embed the video should right-click on the video and the ‘Embed’ icon will appear.

We hope that you will kindly give some publicity to this to raise awareness to vulnerable communities’ and our commitment to UDHR principles as we also enter a difficult year for employers and workers.

For more details, please contact:
Ms Braema Mathi
(Singapore Working Group on ASEAN HRM)
Email: [email protected]


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