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Fair employment for local Singaporeans and safeguarding the interests of our SME

Singaporeans and our local SMEs have clearly been disadvantaged by foreign PMETs and foreign-owned companies for far too long.

It is good that the government is finally acknowledging these Hard Truths by creating a new committee, comprising the Government, unions and employers, to look into the possibility of enacting laws to tackle unfair discrimination against our Singaporean workforce and to bring errant companies to task.

It shows that the old tripartite has failed our Singaporean workforce and entrepreneurs.

Hope the new tripartite committee will comprise new stakeholders and not the “same old” incompetent morons.

CPF Loophole

When one looks at the current CPF contributions, it is not hard to see that some foreign companies or those formed by some new citizens may be “incentivized” by the low cost of engaging our elderly workforce as phantom workers in order to qualify for their required workforce quota.

This will disadvantage our local workforce and entrepreneurs should these companies become fronts for illicit activities, or when flushed with “hot monies”, may tender away economic opportunities from our entrepreneurs.

Hope MOM and CPF Board will conduct a list of such companies and start scrutinizing them for exploiting our CPF contributions by engaging phantom workers so cheaply.

Think about it – how can any massage parlour, KTV or construction company be employing exceptional numbers of elderly Singaporeans above the age of 60 or 65 when all their other foreign workers are not?

As such, the probability of MOM hauling up a few full loads of errant business owners to court just by conducting such a simple review like this is very high.

Reality Of Phantom Workers

There are instances when Singaporeans would appreciate blunders or mistakes by the government like when our ERP or carpark gantry-system goes faulty but definitely not when our employment quota can be circumvented so cheaply by foreign-owned businesses.

There are some grey areas where Singaporeans can accept or tolerate, like when relatives and friends chip in to help our local businesses qualify for the quota required.

Over time, l hope our government will step up by reviewing the reality of phantom workers and increase the CPF contributions of our elderly so that such “grey areas” can be engineered smartly to benefit some of our retired elderly even when exploited by errant businesses.

I hope that the Manpower Minister will act swiftly on this review. Singaporeans deserve better.

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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12 Responses to “Fair employment for local Singaporeans and safeguarding the interests of our SME”

  • No wonder:

    You really expect a committee of union and employers to help the Singaporean workers? Really? You must be a die hard hopeful.

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  • Unlevel Playing Field:

    If I’m an employer and my men don’t have to serve the mandatory reservist service trainings, why should I employed those needed to?

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  • WTF:

    Don’t be fooled. Such small acts are done to happy voters to accept Cotton Chan as seat warmers. Keep an eye open, from now on nothing bad will be from CC, only good news. Open your long range telescope, read the fine print don’t just look from outside, look inside too.

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  • Phantom Employment:

    Yes, mete out a very hefty punishment to all those firms or organisations that circumvented or attempted to circumvent the employment law by enticing and engaging unsuspecting phantom workers (mostly elderly and the lowly educated citizens) via loopholes in government acts and policies.

    Auditor-General Office should be roped in to focus on these fraudulent acts by unscrupulous business owners who are out to cheat the nation and its human resource.

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  • Damn It!:

    Your post sounds logical, but the moment you robe in AGO, I stopped reading your bad decision.

    Phantom Employment:
    Yes, mete out a very hefty punishment to all those firms or organisations that circumvented or attempted to circumvent the employment law by enticing and engaging unsuspecting phantom workers (mostly elderly and the lowly educated citizens) via loopholes in government acts and policies.

    Auditor-General Office should be roped in to focus on these fraudulent acts by unscrupulous business owners who are out to cheat the nation and its human resource.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    why continue talking to pap as if it doesn’t know what is really happening?

    pap knows a lot of things are not going right for cotton sheep.

    BUT as long as cotton sheep continues to vote pap come rain or shine, what is there for pap to change other than to continue those policies that have made pap folks S$m rich?

    no incentive at all.

    we suggest anyone writing any such article to spare a paragraph or two cementing why it is good to vote PSP WP and not good at all to vote pap. then, with time, as a self fulfilling prophesy, pap folks become jobless and get free meals in changi chalet.

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  • In this wheel of existence...:

    “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. The roots of all Goodness grow in the soil of ‘appreciation for goodness’. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you yourself want to be happy, practice compassion.”

    - H.H. Dalai Lama

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  • Asd:

    I think discriminated in own country shameaporeans

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  • Asd:

    I think nobody is looking at the racist employment practised by foriegner trashes

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  • I gave up already:

    We hear, read quite a number of Singaporean being displaced, deprived in job market. I work in IT and I know how tough to get a job as an experienced Singaporean professional even though there are abundant jobs in this industry in Singapore.

    I don’t think government have done enough especially there is no concrete law protecting Singaporean though there is quota for residents which cover both Singaporean and foreigner PRs which means employers can just employ PRs would able to meet the quota. Please correct me if am wrong.

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    when you got PAP Clowns holding multiple directorships in private companies, do you think these PAP Clowns will look after you…lol. I just need to work 10 hours a week and my salary a month is more than an average Singaporean monthly salary.

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  • Underemployment:

    Need to look seriously into the unemployment issue..

    Something is very wrong that so many PMETs are not doing what they are train to…working as Grab drivers,Food delivery,Security Officers etc

    Our young are also doing it now….What is happening to our Education system ?

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