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Migrant workers in S'pore better poised to seek help with launch of new coalition

The Straits Times, Singapore, 11 July 2021 - Migrant worker John Britto was terrified when he received a lawyer's letter asserting he had failed as a supervisor in taking care of a colleague who had suffered an injury at work.

Fortunately, the 37-year-old Indian national sought advice from non-governmental organisation Migrant Workers' Centre, which told him he was not at fault for the incident.

The claim in the letter, sent in 2019, was eventually withdrawn, he told The Straits Times.

Now migrant workers in Singapore like Mr Britto may be in a better position to seek help, with the launch of the Migrant Workers' Group (MWG) on Saturday (July 10).

A coalition of about 20 organisations and the Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS), the MWG aims to foster greater collaboration between organisations in enhancing legal awareness and access to justice for the migrant worker community in Singapore.

The coalition will allow the LSPBS, which is the Law Society's pro bono arm, and other organisations to coordinate efforts in providing legal aid for workers.

Organisations in the coalition include law firms Allen & Gledhill and Lee Shergill LLP, non-governmental organisations Project X and the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, and the National University of Singapore.

It was originally planned to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2019, but postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.



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