Labour

50% of S’porean workers had less than $18 net pay increase in 2016?

$660m wage credit payout to employers I refer to the article “$660m in payouts for employers by end of March ” (Straits Times, Mar 18). It states that “More than 85,000 employers will receive a total of about $660 million in Wage Credit Scheme (WCS) payouts by the end of this month Under the extended WCS, the Government co-funds 20 per …

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Lay-offs and unemployment rose while job vacancies fell in 2016

Singapore labour market went through its roughest patch in 2016. The condition is shown in the official full-year data released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Wednesday (15 Mar). Unemployment rose, and employment grew at a slower pace while rate of re-entry into employment among residence made redundant also fell. The number of job vacancies fell, lowering the job …

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Just how many of the additional 11,200 local workers are Singaporeans?

I refer to the article “Two-track labour market emerging” (Straits Times, Mar 16). It states that “Track one: Local unemployment rose last year. There were more local workers – Singaporeans and permanent residents – who want to work but could not find work. Employment change last year – 11,200 ‘local’ jobs But even as unemployment rose, so did employment. Employers …

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MOM: Kay Lim Construction & Trading faces 80 charges for housing offences towards its workers

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has stated that Kay Lim Construction & Trading faces charges for housing 60 foreign workers, comprising the company’s own and those from nine other companies, in rat-infested temporary quarters on a construction site located at Commonwealth Avenue/Ghim Moh Link, adding that the place is an “unacceptable” accommodation with “unhygienic living conditions”. The Ministry said that it also …

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Migrant workers waiting for court judgement over salary dispute

By Desiree Leong, Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics One hundred and sixty-eight hours. That’s how long Ziaul went not knowing where his next meal would come from—or when.  For one long week, he and nine colleagues survived on tap water and plain bread, a few slices each. The ten men had been working on Elias Park and Park View Primary Schools.  …

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HOME: Migrant worker wins salary dispute in Singapore’s High Court

by: Jamie Tan, Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) Wu Jianhua first came to Singapore to work in 2008, from his hometown Taizhou in Jiangsu Province in China. In March 2015, he took on a new job at a local construction company, laying tiles in HDB flats. He soon realized that his new company’s salary payment schedule was erratic and …

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