NTUC express concerns over trend of firms disguising retrenchments

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) expressed its concern over ‘disguised retrenchments’, a trend to  disguise the intent of job termination by the company to circumvent existing labour laws. Mr Patrick Tay, NTUC assistant secretary-general, who is also a Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC, said last week that he was unhappy about such disguised layoffs because firms get …

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Cases of abused of and abusing by foreign domestic worker in Singapore

Nominated Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Kok Heng Leun had earlier asked the Minister for Manpower at Parliament about statistics on abused foreign domestic workers and those who abuse people whom they take care of, in Singapore for each year from 2014 to 2015. He asked the following questions: What is the number of foreign domestic helpers who have been abused …

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Standardised centralised training for new bus captains

Singapore Bus Academy (SBA), which was officially opened on Monday (17 October), will conduct a standardised centralised training to complement the existing training efforts of individual operators to ensure a consistent service delivery standard across the bus industry workforce. Starting from 31 October 2016, the first batch of about 30 trainees will take the Enhanced Vocational Licence Training Programme, which …

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MOM questioned online on how it manages the inflow of foreign manpower

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has recently posted a video of Mr Lim Swee Say's most recent Parliamentary speech titled "How are we managing the inflow of foreign manpower?" and many Singaporeans have viewed the video through its sponsored social media campaign on Facebook. Mr Lim commented during his parliamentary speech that the policy on the foreign manpower must be well …

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Singapore’s workforce ranks the unhappiest amongst her Asian counterparts

Where job happiness indices are concerned, Singapore ranks last when compared with her six neighbours, a survey by JobStreet.com has found. The Philippines comes in first place, with Indonesia in second and Thailand in third. Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore take the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places respectively. Office location, good colleagues, and company reputation are important drivers …

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Strike Out! forum highlights labour and civil rights

By Benjamin Cheah On Sunday afternoon, a group of advocates and lawyers hosted a forum on labour issues at Conclave. Titled Strike Out!, it was conducted as a follow-up to an earlier forum in 9 December 2012 and focused on the recent strike conducted by Chinese bus drivers formerly working in SMRT. Migrant workers are not commodities Mr Sinapan Samydorai, …

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