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
About The Charity
Founded in 2006, HealthServe, is an IPC registered charity that seeks to bring healing and hope to vulnerable low-wage migrant workers in Singapore.
There are close to 1 million work permit holders in Singapore. Access to affordable healthcare can be a problem for low wage migrant workers as foreigners in Singapore do not receive subsidies for healthcare at public institutions. By law, workers are supposed to be covered for both inpatient and outpatient treatment by their employers but not all do. In addition, fear of repatriation and cultural and language barriers also contribute to migrant workers not receiving proper treatment.
The more unfortunate amongst these workers get injured at work and may end up losing their jobs and suffering loss of pay for a protracted period. The wait for their work injury compensation application to be processed and resolved can take months or years.
From a single clinic providing GP services in Geylang to meet the needs of the workers, HealthServe has expanded our range of services to the provision of GP and specialist medical services, rehabilitation and dental services, injury and salary-related casework support, social assistance, counselling and mental health programmes.
We are very much a volunteer-run organisation. Our operations are run by a small staff team and hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers and interns.