Labour

ILO, Tokyo 2020 sign agreement to promote decent work in run-up to the Games

The ILO and The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) have signed an agreement to promote decent work in the preparations for, and operation of the international sporting event. “Through this partnership we are committing together to uphold respect for international labour standards for all the women and men who will work hard to make …

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Follow these four steps for a healthy relationship with your FDW

by ValuePenguin Domestic worker scandals that turn into transnational political conflicts happen more often than they should. While these are very rare in Singapore, there have still been a few bad actors that remind us that there is still room for improvement in the domestic worker industry. While many steps have been taken to ensure more cooperative relationships between employers and …

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Serious graduate under-employment while Singapore continues with flawed foreign employement policy

by Kelvin Sim Channel NewsAsia published an article on Tuesday (10 Apr) talking about under-employed graduates. The survey – conducted jointly by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute – highlighted the bleak picture of this situation and called it a “black swan in our labour landscape”. Typically, the situation of under-employment arises due to retrenched …

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Sponsored post to advertise govt job portal met with criticism from citizens with their personal experience

The Singapore Government has created a job portal,“mycareersfuture.sg” for citizens who are looking for opportunities, saying that it is a newer, smarter way to find the next job opportunity. Workforce Singapore – WSB Facebook page shared the link to job portal via a sponsored post. But instead of getting comments from citizens that they are glad that the government is coming up …

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Net increase in foreign PMETs last year

The Straits Times (ST) splashed on the front page today (16 Mar) with the headline, “Fewer foreigners, more locals in workforce last year“. It reported that the number of foreigners working in Singapore fell by 32,000 last year – the biggest in 15 years, ST said. However, ST did acknowledge that the decline was mostly due to fewer work permit …

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NTUC confirms that survey on taxes was conducted prior to Budget 2018

Singapore’s labour union, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has confirmed with local newspaper, Straits Times that it had conducted a poll with its union leaders on issues such as training and taxes, ahead of the annual Budget. According to ST,  Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute has expressed that the feedback gathered from the poll along with other inputs gathered through …

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Uber/Grab driver: We are now squeezed left right and centre by Govt!

An Uber/Grab driver wrote to former Presidential candidate and NTUC Insurance CEO Tan Kin Lian in the hope that his plight can be highlighted to Singaporeans so as to raise awareness of his situation. He told Mr Tan that he was forced to drive Uber/Grab due to prolonged unemployment. “Driving Uber/Grab driver is not what we would choose as a …

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National Jobs Bank: More tightening, but no statistics?

Why “no statistics” on the National Jobs Bank? I refer to the article “Parliament: Tighter rules to support Singaporeans and raise quality of foreign workforce” (Straits Times, Mar 5). It states that more companies will have to give Singaporeans a chance to apply for higher-skilled jobs by advertising the job vacancies on the national Jobs Bank for at least 14 …

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