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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Early jobbers specialising in science, engineering, hospitality and F&B industries receive higher salaries than their counterparts

In 2017, the entry-level specialisations with the highest salary increase as compared to 2016 are: Science (+11%), Engineering (+9%) and Hospitality and F&B (+8%). Conversely, entry-level salaries for the Healthcare and Accounting and Finance specialisations see a drastic decrease of -20% and -10%, respectively. The data is based on the average salaries curated from full-time entry-level job advertisements posted on …

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HOME: World day against trafficking in persons; right based approach in victim protection

The US State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report in June 2018, in which Singapore was given a Tier 2 ranking.1 Even though the government has taken steps to tackle the problem, there is significant scope for improvement in terms of meeting international standards. Migrant workers in Singapore continue to experience exploitative and coercive conditions strongly indicative of …

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Retrenchments and unemployment rates higher in 2nd quarter of 2018

Retrenchments are higher and unemployment rates rose in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the previous quarter, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a press release on Friday (27 July). The ministry stated that preliminary data in the second quarter of 2018 showed that total employment grew even as unemployment rates edged upwards, which occurred as more persons …

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S’pore nursing aide earns only $1,350 far below other economies’ – thanks to cheap foreign labour in eldercare industry

Philanthropic organisation Lien Foundation released a report yesterday (26 Jul), revealing that eldercare workers have been severely underpaid in Singapore, contributing to high turnover. “Despite concerted efforts to raise pay, redesign jobs and improve skills and productivity, the sector seems afflicted by constant churn and the ‘leaky bucket’ syndrome,” the report commented. Surveys conducted by Lien Foundation show that less …

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More companies should raise workers’ retirement age: NTUC Secretary-General

More companies should follow the lead of Gardens by the Bay in raising the retirement age of its workers from 62 to 65, said the Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Ng Chee Meng. Speaking at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Gardens by the Bay and the Attractions, Resorts & Entertainment Union (AREU) on …

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