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MOM says overall unemployment rate declined in 1Q but S’porean unemployment rate remains unchanged

In the Labour Market Report for the first quarter of this year, the Manpower Ministry (MOM) reported today (13 Jun) that the Singapore's labour market has improved. "Supported by sustained expansion in economic activity, the labour market improved slightly in 1Q 2018," MOM said. "Resident unemployment and long-term unemployment rates declined in March 2018. There were significantly fewer retrenchments and …

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SG downplays recognition of Indian nursing degrees under enhanced CECA while India publicizes it

On 1 June, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) released a public statement announcing that Singapore and India have "successfully" concluded the second review of the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). "Today, in the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Loh Khum Yean, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Trade and …

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Enhanced CECA between S’pore and India officially recognizes Indian nursing degrees

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) released a public statement yesterday (1 Jun) announcing that Singapore and India have "successfully" concluded the second review of the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). "Today, in the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Loh Khum Yean, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Trade and …

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Why is there no statistics on number of low-wage workers with no wage increase?

Is 1 in 13 full-time workers still earning below $1,200 something to be proud of?  I refer to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Report on Wage Practices 2017 released on 30 May. MOM states: “More establishments raised their employee’s wages in 2017 (65%) compared to 2016 (58%). The proportion of establishments that cut total wages fell, from 17% in 2016 to …

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Taxi association in Malaysia ask for new government to end ride-hailing services

The Malaysian Taxi, Limousine and Car Rental Operators and Drivers Association voiced out earlier last week on Thursday (24 May) that the new Malaysian government should end ride-hailing services in Malaysia and focus on improving the taxi industry. Mr Mohd Shahrir Abdul Aziz, the association's president, said that this was one of the proposals made by the taxi group to …

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MOM suspends company’s work pass privileges after 48 complaints were lodged against it

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has suspended Nihal Group's work pass privileges as there were 48 complaints lodged against the company by foreign workers, whose salaries between January and April were retained. According to the ministry, only nine of these employees have been paid following "successful mediation" under the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management launched last year to date. Seven of them have …

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Two employment agencies charged for deploying underaged foreign domestic workers

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has charged two employment agencies on Thursday (24 May) over allegedly bringing in underage maids as young as 13 years old to work in Singapore. MOM charged an employment agency licensee, 35-year-old Khor Siew Tiang, who is also the sole proprietor of Vista Employment Services, for breaching employment agency (EA) licence conditions. She failed to ensure that …

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