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New help centre for migrant workers to offer shelter, food and legal aid

47-year-old Chinese migrant worker Xia Chang Bing, who receives assistance from non-profit group Health Serve, smiles after receiving his free goodie bag at the launch of the Migrant Workers' Centre help centre in Geylang, on 22 Sept, 2013. -- ST PHO
47-year-old Chinese migrant worker Xia Chang Bing, who receives assistance from non-profit group Health Serve, smiles after receiving his free goodie bag at the launch of the Migrant Workers' Centre help centre in Geylang, on 22 Sept, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A Chinese migrant worker from one of Migrant Workers' Centre's partnering dormitories leaves the new help centre in Geylang after the launch which was held on 22 Sept, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A Chinese migrant worker from one of Migrant Workers' Centre's partnering dormitories leaves the new help centre in Geylang after the launch which was held on 22 Sept, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A Chinese migrant worker from one of Migrant Workers' Centre's partnering dormitories leaves the new help centre in Geylang after the launch which was held on 22 Sept, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A Chinese migrant worker from one of Migrant Workers' Centre's partnering dormitories leaves the new help centre in Geylang after the launch which was held on 22 Sept, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Migrant workers here can turn to a new help centre in Geylang, which offers emergency shelter, representation in employment issues, referrals to medical and soup kitchen services, and free non-employment legal advice from the Law Society. Migrant Wor
Migrant workers here can turn to a new help centre in Geylang, which offers emergency shelter, representation in employment issues, referrals to medical and soup kitchen services, and free non-employment legal advice from the Law Society. Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) executive director (strategies), Bernard Menon (right), pictured with MWC chairman Yeo Guat Kwang (centre), at the newly opened centre after its launch which was held on Sept 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Migrant workers here can turn to a new help centre in Geylang, which offers emergency shelter, representation in employment issues, referrals to medical and soup kitchen services, and free non-employment legal advice from the Law Society. Opening of
Migrant workers here can turn to a new help centre in Geylang, which offers emergency shelter, representation in employment issues, referrals to medical and soup kitchen services, and free non-employment legal advice from the Law Society. Opening of Migrant Workers Centre help centre in Geylang, and announcement of new legal counselling scheme for migrant workers. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Migrant workers here can turn to a new help centre in Geylang, which offers emergency shelter, representation in employment issues, referrals to medical and soup kitchen services, and free non-employment legal advice from the Law Society.

The centre by the Migrant Workers' Centre, a tie-up between the National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore National Employers' Federation, was officially opened on Sunday by MWC chairman Yeo Guat Kwang.

Of the 7,000 cases MWC has handled since it was started in 2009, more than 3,000 have involved workers from China, he said, and the Geylang area is where Chinese workers congregate.

Besides the Geylang centre, MWC runs another office at Rangoon Road, which is expected to move to a Serangoon site double the current size by the end of the year.

Both are open from 9am to 7pm from Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 3pm on weekends.

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