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International Longshoremen’s Association launches boycott of congress in Singapore due to ITF’s endorsement of fully automated maritime terminals

Following the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)'s plans to sign an agreement with the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute of Singapore's National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) that endorses the use of fully automated maritime terminals, the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) has released a statement announcing its boycott of the 44th Congress, which will be held in Singapore starting Sunday …

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New scheme to certify engineers to conduct Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessments

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) have jointly launched a new scheme to certify engineers for their technical expertise and experience in improving the energy performance of industrial processes, systems and equipment. Announced at at the 8th edition of the Energy Efficiency National Partnership (EENP) Awards by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the …

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New work permit condition to protect both employers and foreign domestic workers from money-related disputes

Employers would no longer be allowed to safe-keep any money belonging to their FDWs, including paid salaries or any other money starting from 1 January 2019. In a press release on Sunday (7 October), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) stated that the new measure will be introduced to protect both employers and foreign domestic workers (FDWs) from money-related disputes. Earlier …

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Unemployed Singaporean PMET: No success with government’s WSG and e2i

A 43-year-old unemployed Singaporean PMET wrote to transitioning.org recently, lamenting about initiatives from Workforce Singapore (WSG) and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) did not help him to secure job. His letter was posted on transitioning.org on Sat (6 Oct). Transitioning.org is a non-profit society set up by social activist Gilbert Goh in 2009 to cater to the emotional needs of …

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StarHub to retrench 300 permanent staff members as part of its restructuring programme, citing “intense” competition

Following its "strategic transformation plan," telecommunications giant StarHub has announced that it will be reducing its workforce. In a press release dated 3 Oct, StarHub reasoned that the retrenchment of some "300 full-time employees" serves as a part of its "operational efficiency programme". The "strategic review process," stated the company, aims to increase "productivity" and "speed in decision making," as …

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StarHub employees in shock over retrenchment exercise; suggest reduction of senior leadership staff’s salaries instead of layoffs

Despite rumours surrounding an impending retrenchment exercise, StarHub employees did not anticipate the telecommunications giant to slash as many as 300 of its workers. Following the announcement of the company's restructuring exercise on Wednesday (3 Oct), several StarHub staff members have expressed their apprehension over the news, fearing that they might be a part of the layoff. One StarHub employee …

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MOM prosecutes employment agency and personnel for advertising foreign domestic workers on Carousell

SRC Recruitment LLP (SRC) and one of its Employment Agency (EA) personnel, 41-year-old Mdm Erleena Binte Mohd Ali were prosecuted on Thursday (4 October) for insensitive advertising of foreign domestic workers (FDWs). The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a statement on Thursday, stated that the advertisements were placed between 1 September 2018 and 17 September 2018, on online marketplace, Carousell, …

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Why can’t National Jobs Bank statistics be disclosed in light of public interest?

The Government should follow the online falsehoods’ committee’s recommendation to give reasons for decisions not to disclose information to the public, in order to gain the public’s trust? I refer to the article “Can’t unemployed or underemployed S’poreans take up jobs done by any of 372,100 foreign PMETs here?‘ (theonlinecitizen, Jun 27). It states that “Last week, ST reader Tan …

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