labour

HOW CAN OUR PRESIDENT BE A CHECK ON THE GVT IF HE/SHE IS FROM THE SAME PARTY?

Our reader highlighted the lackluster employment scene in Singapore despite presidential hopeful Halimah Yacob's praise about gaining much from the years she spent fighting for workers' rights. He believed it is only fair if the President was never from the ruling party as it defeats the purpose of checking on the Government.

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HIGH RENTAL AND LABOUR COSTS ARE KILLING OFF LOCAL BUSINESSES

It is with much exasperation that I am penning down this note and I hope you can help share with all fellow readers, the predicaments local start ups like us face not just both in rental and labor costs but also the near inability to obtain any support from MTI or EDB! I am running a local bubble tea chain which has been shrinking due to my immense difficulties in recruiting suitable local staff as after deduction of the hefty rental superimposed by Capitaland and material costs, I can only afford to pay a Singaporean no more than $1250 for a 5 day work week. I personally would love to hire Singaporeans first and I hope our honorable WP MPs like Mr LTK whose speeches I follow and is coincidentally a businessman himself, can give our desperate cries an adornment motion in Parliament as we cannot expect the SCCCI NMP to be doing anything without prior permission from his taskmasters!

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ECONOMISTS WARN OF RECESSION AS TOTAL EMPLOYMENT IN SG FALLS

Total employment in Singapore fell for the first time in 5 years. 6,100 lesser people were employed this quarter, as compared to the first quarter of this year. The sectors that had reduced employment are manufacturing, construction and parts of the services industry. Services has been the main propeller of growth for the past few years, but slowed down dramatically. Figures in March 2015 show that total employment stands at 3,617,800, which is 2.7% more than last year's figures.

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MINISTER LIM REFUSED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON RETRENCHMENT BREAKDOWN

Despite being confronted by Mr Giam’s questions in Parliament, Minister Lim chose to continue to evade giving any direct replies. The Minister can avoid answering just one question on the breakdown of the retrenched residents. Can he possibly avoid answering altogether the following six questions on the labour statistics? In the unlikely event that the Minister cannot answer all six questions at all – then what answer to you think Singaporeans may like to give to him?

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SMRT WINS AWARD FOR PARTNERSHIP WITH TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION

SMRT has won the Plaque of Commendation (Gold) Award by NTUC in recognition of our continued commitment and strategic partnership with the National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU). This was made possible through the dedication, hard work and perseverance of our employees, unions and labour partners, who have been working together to nurture a harmonious labour-management relationship of trust and confidence.

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Job vacancies rise as Singapore labour market tightens

The tight Singapore labour market continues to push up the number of job vacancies with openings in September last year rising to 61,900, 9.7 per cent more than a year before, the Manpower Ministry said today (Jan 27). Consistent with prevailing trends, services continued to generate the bulk of job openings, making up four in five of all vacancies last year. Overall, there were openings across all occupational groups.

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