Labour

Unemployment in Singapore rises, while retrenchments grow by more than 30% in Q218

According to MOM figures released on Thursday (13 Sep), Singapore's labour market showed signs of slowing down. The second quarter of 2018 (Q2 2018) saw both higher unemployment and more retrenchments. The number of retrenchments rose by a staggering 30% to 3,030, as compared to 2,320 in the previous quarter. According to MOM, the top reasons for retrenchment are business …

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Viral photo of workers protesting, said to be dated incident in May involving sub-contractor of Lian Beng Construction

A video and photo that have been circulating on social media and WhatsApp of construction workers holding what looks like a strike, is said to involve the sub-contractor of Lian Beng Construction Ptd and not the company itself. The photo shows found constructions workers in a construction site standing in front of a signboard that says 'Lian Beng Construction Ptd' …

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Photo of construction workers demanding to be paid their salaries goes viral

Update:  A spokesperson from Lian Beng Construction shared with TOC that the incident transpired in end May this year and was resolved on the same day the incident took place. The wage dispute was between a sub-contractor and the workers under that company and does not involve Lian Beng Construction Ptd. When asked what did the company mean by the …

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Four important maid insurance exclusions you may not have known about

by ValuePenguin All insurance policies come laden with exclusions. Read on to find out what hidden caveats you may find within your maid insurance policy. Many of us believe that maid insurance is just there to pay for our foreign domestic worker's medical bills and protect her from liabilities. However, there is much more nuance in your maid insurance policy. For …

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Employees affected by IBM manufacturing hub closure; union silent on petition against termination conditions

Approximately 200 workers, including "blue-collar" workers involved in manufacturing and "white-collar" workers in managerial and executive positions, have been retrenched from the International Business Machines (IBM) plant at the Singapore Technology Park. An IBM subcontractor told TODAY Online last month that two layoffs have already taken place in May and June, and that a third exercise was scheduled to take place at …

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Four effective ways to resolve conflicts with your FDW

by ValuePenguin Tense home environments can severely affect your quality of life. When you have a FDW, conflicts may be harder to solve than those with your family. Below, we outline effective conflict resolution strategies to promote a peaceful environment. We are all too aware of how certain employers of foreign domestic workers (FDW) faced tragedy when seemingly innocuous problems spiral into fatal …

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Mustafa Centre investigated for alleged violation of Employment of Foreign Manpower Act

The Online Citizen understands that complaints have been made against the renowned Mustafa Centre to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for collecting "cash back" from its workers and terminating their contract without valid reasons. The company is being investigated for allegedly violating the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act 1990. Several former foreign workers have come out with their testimonies regarding the …

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