Tag Archives: retrenchment

Makansutra’s KF Seetoh Criticises Manpower Policy For Offering Blue Collared Jobs Locals Shun Or Cannot Do

The Straits Times recently ran an article "About 5,400 jobs on offer in food sector despite pandemic". However KF Seetoh, Singapore top chef and founder of Makansutra, felt that the appropriate title should have been "5.4k jobs on offer in Food sector that nobody is hard up for, since April". While KF Seetoh supports the creation of jobs, he shed light on how these job offers for blue collared work in the F&B industry involve basic cooking preparations and maintaining kitchen cleanliness. These offers would be a mismatch for Singaporeans who have been brought up to aspire for higher goals, or educated and trained in skills for another industry.

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SDP launched its 4Y1N GE campaign in response to Covid19

The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) launched its General Elections (GE) campaign on 28 April 2020. The Covid19 pandemic has changed Singapore's politico-socio-economic landscape, so the SDP has drawn up 5 focus points to deal with these changes in the immediate and long-terms. These points are covered under their "Four Yes, One No" (4Y1N) campaign.

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FOREIGN COMPANIES HIRING THEIR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN WHILE LOCALS SIDELINED

They have successfully coerced a few into an unfair package of 2 weeks for every year of service when the law states that those who have worked for 2 years are entitled to a month's remuneration for every subsequent year of service upon retrenchment. When those colleagues contacted MOM, MOM said they cannot do anything (even though its in the law) as foreign companies have the ultimate right to decide their own affairs which got us pondering, then what's the use of MOM for? To my horror, I learned from other friends my age group that they too are still facing uncertainty in their present employment at various F&B as they are employed at contract based and 1 of my friends who have been working for the last 3 years has not even been confirmed yet! While Singaporean staffs are employed at these outlets for $1500/-, most of our Malaysian counterparts and Filipinos are hired at least $1800/- and more as most of them are supervisors and managers lording over us!

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UNISIM GRADUATE RETRENCHED 3 TIMES SINCE 2009, HOW DO I SURVIVE IN S’PORE?

I graduated in 2009 from UniSIM. Since then, I have been in 3 different jobs, each lasting about 1 year plus to 2 years. Each job ended in retrenchment, and now my resume looks horrible. Every interviewer asks why I do not stay long in the company, asks why every previous job retrenched me. My current job I took it desperately because I was out of job for 5 months (not long compared to others in your website). This is a totally new job scope different from my previous jobs.

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MOM: RETRENCHMENT IN S’PORE – HIGHEST IN 7 YEARS

In the first nine months of 2016, 13,730 workers were laid off, higher than the same period in 2015 (10,220) and the highest since 2009 (21,210). However, re-entry rates have risen. More residents (49%) made redundant in the second quarter of 2016 secured re-employment by September 2016, an increase from the previous quarter (45%), after a general downtrend since December 2014 (59%).

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