Our Campaign Storyends 15 Dec 2016, 11:59 PM
I'm starting this campaign to raise funds for Mr Tang, a foreign construction worker who is owed over $120,000 in workplace injury compensation. I met Mr Tang this summer when I started volunteering at HealthServe.
On 2 Oct 2014, Mr Tang Zengshun was injury in his left eye by some stray metal from a rivet gun. He wasn't provided safety glasses and is now blind in his left eye. In July 2016, the Ministry of Manpower issued a labor court order of $122,836.48 to be paid to him. Mr Tang's employer did not purchase insurance for him and cannot pay him his compensation. For failing to insure his workers, Mr Tang's employer may be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to a year, or both, but Mr Tang will remain penniless.
When Mr Tang came to HealthServe in May, he only had the clothes on his back. He didn't have money for water and would drink from bathroom taps. He now stays in HealthServe's shelter and eats at our Food Project. HealthServe's pro bono lawyer has explored a number of avenues to try to get Mr Tang's compensation but none have been successful. Uninsured workers often return back to their home country without any compensation.
I am running this campaign to raise the funds owed to Mr Tang. He has a three-year-old granddaughter and an elderly mother to care for, I would hate for him to go home blind and empty handed. 100% of funds raised here will go to Mr Tang.
Read his story in the Straits Times: www.straitstimes.com/singapore/injured-workers-long-wait-for-payout
Founded in 2006, HealthServe is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to providing healing and hope to the low-wage migrant workers in Singapore.
HealthServe opened its first medical clinic in Geylang in July 2007. Since then, thousands of migrant workers have come through our doors. In order to better serve the complex and intertwined needs of the migrant community, we opened additional clinics in Jurong and Mandai, and expanded our programming to include casework, pro bono legal services, counselling, social assistance, an emergency shelter, research, advocacy, and outreach programmes.
HealthServe's programmes are run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by a wide network of volunteers, educational institutions, corporations and community organisations. HealthServe envisions a world where every migrant worker lives a life of dignity, and we hope to have as many people as possible join us in achieving this aim.