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Strengthen laws to protect retrenched workers

Why Singapore should strengthen laws to protect retrenched workers- Today online, 26 January 2024.

I fully empathise with the author of the above story because I was once like him/her and everywhere I looked or approached for help, I drew a blank.

Below is my personal retrenchment story.

Some years ago, I worked as a junior executive for a public listed company that is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange for  more than 5 years until I was retrenched along with a number of my other colleagues.

To cut a long story short, I approached my HR about my retrenchment benefits and I was told that I am not entitled to any because there was nothing mentioned in my employment contract regarding retrenchment benefits.

I was told that I wouldn't get 4 weeks pay for every year of service or even 2 weeks pay for every year of service. Nothing at all! I was devastated and desperate.

MOM and Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management were totally, totally hopeless in the hours when you needed them most.

Later on, somebody told me that MOM will only take on our case about unfair retrenchment if 5 or more staff from the same company make similar complaints otherwise they will simply view it as an employment dispute between employer and employee only. That information that I was told could be right or wrong.

I even e-mail my Board of Directors (BOD) and the reply that I got back from them was that even if they want to pay me, the company had no money to pay. I knew that was a whole lot of bull. I am sure that even when the company was retrenching staff, they knew how to pay themselves one way or another.

I told my HR and I believe the BOD too (cannot remember too clearly now) that if I do not get a reasonable compensation package, I will post my unfortunate experiences online, no more and no less and which is something that I am good at doing with the intention of shaming the company and warning others about them.

Shortly thereafter, I received an offer, a satisfactory handshake package with one, stern reminder not to tell my other affected colleagues and two, that compensated amount would not attract CPF contributions.

Our employment laws regarding retrenchment benefits are stacked real high against employees.

If Singapore seriously aspires to attract quality foreigners and be a successful business hub in Asia over the long term and with changing times, this white elephant badly needs fixing and it is only in our collective interest to do so with urgency.

Cost of living is really expensive in Singapore and many workers have families and mouths to feed and that depend on them staying employed and receiving reasonable compensation packages when they are being retrenched.

This experience and a number of others are the reasons why I distrust and despise this pap government despite them having generals and scholars in the midst and all their clever talking in and outside Parliament.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

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37 Responses to “Strengthen laws to protect retrenched workers”

  • CEO:

    Simon Lim:
    Shortly thereafter, I received an offer, a satisfactory handshake package with one, stern reminder not to tell my other affected colleagues and two, that compensated amount would not attract CPF contributions.

    I also told that to your ‘other colleagues’ and not to tell you they get more than you. Typical Selfish Singaporeans. Sabo each other. hahaha……..

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    On the contrary, we must strengthen law to throw Chinese Chauvinist into jail.

    CTWANT Chinese idiot stop pianist in London from live recording..
    http://tinyurl.com/4tmjv8y8

    Truly Chinese idiot …
    Wow Chinese law applies to UK.. fcuking Chinese idiot.

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  • DeBarge:

    The current government will never take the side of workers. Singaporeans always think things will happen to someone so the majority of them don’t care. Do you think anything will change ?

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  • Wolf Sheep:

    A personal privacy dispute is twisted into an anti-China anti-Chinese attack. Sheep and wolves happily jump in, showing their true repulsive colors.

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  • ML causes Inflation!:

    ”Cost of living is really expensive in Singapore ”
    ”Ten shophouses owned by two Chinese nationals who were reportedly linked to an accused person in the $3 billion money laundering case have been put on the market by DBS Bank ”
    ”The assets confiscated include 207 properties, 77 vehicles, money in bank accounts amounting to more than $1.45 billion,”
    Billions pouring into the country will definitely caused inflation—asset and consumer prices.
    A lot of these are DIRTY money.
    And DBS….have no idea????
    Time to shut down the casinos.
    LKY for once was right—casino is a bad idea.
    It brings in bad people….very bad people.
    Dishonourable son disobeyed him.
    Housing prices are going through the roof—one root cause: money laundering.
    $3 billion known….probably another $100 billion uncaught!
    ”Singapore and China reaffirm upgraded bilateral relations during Wang Yi’s visit”
    Wang Yi need to visit sinkieland again to flush out the money launderers.
    Hope this time the BIG fishes are caught before they can fly out before the raids by 400 policemen.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ A personal privacy dispute is twisted into an anti-China anti-Chinese attack. Sheep and wolves happily jump in, showing their true repulsive colors.

    Ah , the ” dont touch her ” fiasco.
    That bunch of prcs ownself mess up. In the end back fire.

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  • Wolf Sheep:

    From their comments, it very clear they have zero understanding of privacy laws and ethics. That is beyond their IQ. They simplyfollow and simplyattack.

    Wolf Sheep:
    A personal privacy dispute is twisted into an anti-China anti-Chinese attack. Sheep and wolves happily jump in, showing their true repulsive colors.

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  • Protect Us:

    Rat poop, bug bits, mice hair: How many ‘unavoidable defects’ are in peanut butter and other foods you eat?

    Many of your favorite foods may contain bits and pieces of creatures that you probably didn’t know were there.

    How about some mice dung in your coffee? Maggots in your pizza sauce? Bug fragments and rat hair in your peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

    Oh, and so sorry, chocolate lovers. That dark, delicious bar you devoured might contain 30 or more insect parts and a sprinkling of rodent hair.

    Dismembered insects can be found in many of our favorite spices as well. Crushed oregano, for example, can contain 300 or more insect bits and about two rodent hairs for every 10 grams. To put that in context, a family-size bottle of oregano is about 18 ounces or 510 grams.

    Paprika can have up to 20% mold, about 75 insect parts and 11 rodent hairs for every 25 grams (just under an ounce). A typical spice jar holds about 2 to 3 ounces.

    Shit. What are we eating?

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  • Safety net needed:

    Good to have a safety net for those out of job,especially for Seniors .
    It takes a while to get replacement jobs,so may need some help for those who do not have much savings.
    Maybe allow them to withdraw some CPF money to tide them over…

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Wolf Sheep, relax! You should listen to Malaysian artist namewee 黄明志 new MV 龙的传人.
    Its CNY soon. Have a good laugh.

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  • @F Rider:

    你吃错药了吗。你父母没有好好教育你吧。

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Don’t know what actually started it. But don’t want picture taken, walk away.

    I had some pretty unpleasant incidents with FT Indians.

    The Blangadesh cleaner in my block lurks outside my unit and keeps saying loudly “uncle” when he sees me. And then he utters something in a foreign language. Idiot. Had to tell him off. I wonder who sent him?

    Some migration agency called my Dad’s phone and asked him to migrate to India. Are they THAT stupid? Their own citizens cannot wait to leave India and come to Spore. Who wants to go live there?

    There were two girls at the town center soliciting donations. When declined, they will say “bye!” Go back to India la. Byyyyeee!

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    On the contrary, we must strengthen law to throw Chinese Chauvinist into jail.

    CTWANT Chinese idiot stop pianist in London from live recording..
    http://tinyurl.com/4tmjv8y8

    Truly Chinese idiot …
    Wow Chinese law applies to UK.. fcuking Chinese idiot.

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  • Make mountain out of molehill:

    LOL IMAGE RIGHTS. So the ang mo did not pay copyright?
    These Chinese people could’ve just walked away and then no one would bother about their image. But because of their behavior, their identities got shown all over.

    From their accent, they could be from HK who lived in UK.

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    On the contrary, we must strengthen law to throw Chinese Chauvinist into jail.

    CTWANT Chinese idiot stop pianist in London from live recording..
    http://tinyurl.com/4tmjv8y8

    Truly Chinese idiot …
    Wow Chinese law applies to UK.. fcuking Chinese idiot.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    @F Rider:
    你吃错药了吗。你父母没有好好教育你吧。

    回去你的祖国吧。

    你的祖国正需要你喝毒奶粉买华为。 哈哈

    烂机,不要买华为。。哈哈
    https://shorturl.asia/iqOTS

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Sporeans Keep Govt Employed: There were two girls at the town center soliciting donations. When declined, they will say “bye!” Go back to India la. Byyyyeee!

    Call the police if you see such idiots around.

    Charged them in court and get them fired from their job.

    White Chauvinist fired from job
    https://shorturl.asia/Ueoim

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Make mountain out of molehill:
    LOL IMAGE RIGHTS. So the ang modid not pay copyright?
    These Chinese people could’ve just walked away and then no one would bother about their image. But because of their behavior, their identities got shown all over.

    From their accent, they could be from HK who lived in UK.

    Exactly..just walk away is suffice.

    These Chinese Chauvinist/morons should go back to China to be raided by lawless police in the middle of the night.

    Chinese: You raiding my house in the wee hours of the night.
    https://shorturl.asia/RrhHO

    Tech: You think the Chinese police got no brain and eat to free nothing to so issit? You don’t cross the lines, they raid you for what? I in China 20 years, other than dinner and dance with them, never kenna raid before.

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  • dave:

    Singaporean R Free Rider:
    On the contrary, we must strengthen law to throw Chinese Chauvinist into jail.

    CTWANT Chinese idiot stop pianist in London from live recording..
    http://tinyurl.com/4tmjv8y8

    Truly Chinese idiot …
    Wow Chinese law applies to UK.. fcuking Chinese idiot.

    This American paid agent, not knowing who was his father, still working very hard to smear China and Chinese people, trying very hard to be an angmoh.

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  • @F Rider:

    回去你的祖国吧。
    你的祖国正需要你喝毒奶粉买华为。 哈哈
    烂机,不要买华为。。哈哈

    My country is SG. Fourth generation here.

    China is a peaceful country in sharp contrast to USA which created many wars and chaos all over the world.

    We need China to stop US creating more chaos everywhere include Asia so as to have peaceful life. Also, the rise of China has brought much pride to Chinese all over the world.

    I also thinking retire in China is I have PR there.

    加油中国。

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  • Elyderuminia:

    Rotten apple running amok!

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Second SRFR!

    I also and always find it puzzling since all these pro China’s love and adulation with China is so intense. Why still here in Sg ?

    China Covid lockdown long over. China and Sg visa exemption or whatever. China properties is nose diving 开始出清 ( and policy reversal no more 房住不炒, good time to 砍 50% at least ).

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    No need la. Indian girls no longer there.

    I think they did not meet target for donation company. Either they quit or got fired.

    But they are exactly the type who believe in that lie they are talents.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Call the police if you see such idiots around.

    Charged them in court and get them fired from their job.

    White Chauvinist fired from job
    https://shorturl.asia/Ueoim

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Maybe the Chinese got an attack of democracy and human rights and want to defend their image rights. LOL

    The funniest is the man who kept screaming :”don’t touch her!” The volume of it hurt my ear. Now everyone who watched the video knows both the man and woman’s names and where they work.

    One of the females, early in the video said they were from China TV and they cannot be filmed? ???

    Singaporean R Free Rider: Exactly..just walk away is suffice.

    These Chinese Chauvinist/morons should go back to China to be raided by lawless police in the middle of the night.

    Chinese: You raiding my house in the wee hours of the night.
    https://shorturl.asia/RrhHO

    Tech: You think the Chinese police got no brain and eat to free nothing to so issit? You don’t cross the lines, they raid you for what? I in China 20 years, other than dinner and dance with them, never kenna raid before.

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  • Cowards:

    These anti-China and anti-Chinese dare not go to China. They stay far far and shout western propaganda.

    PAP mandate strong:
    Second SRFR!

    I also and always find it puzzling since all these pro China’s love and adulation with China is so intense. Why still here in Sg ?

    China Covid lockdown long over. China and Sg visa exemption or whatever. China properties is nose diving 开始出清 ( and policy reversal no more 房住不炒, good time to 砍 50% at least ).

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  • Light The Way:

    With You.
    For You.
    Can Do Without You.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    @F Rider:
    回去你的祖国吧。
    你的祖国正需要你喝毒奶粉买华为。 哈哈
    烂机,不要买华为。。哈哈

    My country is SG. Fourth generation here.

    China is a peaceful country in sharp contrast to USA which created many wars and chaos all over the world.

    We need China to stop US creating more chaos everywhere include Asia so as to have peaceful life. Also, the rise ofChina has brought much pride to Chinese all over the world.

    I also thinking retire in China is I have PR there.
    加油中国。

    哈哈哈五毛,加把勁。今晚共殘黨會多賞你一根骨頭。
    共殘黨確實是剝削高手,與僱主串通剝削勞工。迫使中國人到此當五毛。可憐啊!

    九塊錢一小時
    https://shorturl.asia/8TKsW

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    To all CCP lover,
    This is for you.

    Namewee 黃明志 Ft.Winnie-The-POO 小熊为你 【龙的传人 The People Of The Dragon】 @2024 Dragon Year CNY Song
    https://shorturl.asia/3hAlY

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  • Fake Indian:

    How stupid can you be?
    That garbage is definitely meant for the consumption of western sheep, and others wishing to be cannon fodder of Biden. Humans with an ounce of decency, whether from N,S,E or W, won’t touch it.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    @ These anti-China and anti-Chinese dare not go to China. They stay far far and shout western propaganda

    Gong LJ wei. You yourself still here in Sg instead of China which you people only sing praises.

    Since all the conditions are right currently, i encourage you to go and pursue your dream land.

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  • Elyderuminia:

    Picking up something very trivial, insignificant and took place far,far away, to smear the reputation of someone he doesn’t know but dislike, out of proportion, is definitely and positively a sign of incorrigible racist behaviour.

    Another interesting trait of this racist is that when he happens to hold a chicken feather but he would somehow believes it is an arrow and using it as such, and starts threatening to throw people he doesn’t like to jail!

    Any political entity having elements of this kind is bound to be swept away by discerning people and will collectively give this racist a resounding “ Pui”!

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Elyderuminia:
    Picking up something very trivial, insignificant and took place far,far away, to smear the reputation of someone he doesn’t know but dislike, out of proportion, is definitely and positively a sign of incorrigible racist behaviour.

    Another interesting trait of this racist is that when he happens to hold a chicken feather but he would somehow believes it is an arrow and using it as such, and starts threatening to throw people he doesn’t like to jail!

    Any political entity having elements of this kind is bound to be swept away by discerning people and will collectively give this racist a resounding “ Pui”!

    Use Google translate ?

    啊哈哈!五毛,加油。

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    dave: This American paid agent, not knowing who was his father, still working very hard to smear China and Chinese people, trying very hard to be an angmoh.

    haha.. Dave, a Chinese Chauvinist Pi with a English Christian name.

    Go get yourselves educated on what is Chinese in Americunt context.

    Singapore = CCP China? US Interviewers vs Shou Chew, Lee Kuan Yew & Lee Hsien Loong (Compilation)
    https://shorturl.asia/mEkYZ

    Awesome Singaporean Chew Shou Zi, Lee Hsien Loong and Lee Kuan Yew.

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  • Fake Pappy:

    Go listen to your master carefully. We are Chinese. Not “aseanee”.

    Singaporean R Free Rider: haha.. Dave, a Chinese Chauvinist Pi with a English Christian name.

    Go get yourselves educated on what is Chinese in Americunt context.

    Singapore = CCP China? US Interviewers vs Shou Chew, Lee Kuan Yew & Lee Hsien Loong (Compilation)
    https://shorturl.asia/mEkYZ

    Awesome Singaporean Chew Shou Zi, Lee Hsien Loong and Lee Kuan Yew.

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  • 你们好好聊天不行啊, 非得人生攻击, 吵吵闹闹的。

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Fake Pappy:
    Go listen to your master carefully. We are Chinese. Not “aseanee”.

    You are a stupid CCP 5毛。50 cents.

    Our PM Lee is referring to what Mr Lee Kuan Yew said:
    “First of all, I can’t speak as a Chinese because I am a Singaporean. I am of Chinese ethnic stock.”

    Yes, we are all Singaporean, NOT Chinese nationality. Chinese=China

    Now, Racists Opposition please answer below 3 questions and don’t run away.
    1. Is she Chinese? Yes or No is suffice.
    俄罗斯版东北话有多标准
    https://shorturl.asia/QfUC4

    2. Is he Chinese? Yes or No is suffice.
    https://shorturl.asia/trdlP

    3. Is Miss Japan a Japanese? Yes or No is suffice.
    https://shorturl.asia/XBePi

    Racists Opposition please don’t run away.

    Please answer above 3 questions with Yes or No is suffice.

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  • @FR:

    You are too stupid to understand homonyms. You cannot tell the difference between Chinese (citizen of China) and Chinese (race).

    2 Rep Lee Wong

    “He is one of 11 children, with seven brothers and three sisters. Their parents were Chinese, but he grew up in Malaysia. When he was 1,8 he traveled on his own to the United States, settling in Brookfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.”

    So you don’t know whether he’s Chinese? Your IQ is at the bottom. His parents are Chinese. He is definitely Chinese (race). But his citizenship is not Chinese.

    So stupid in asking this simple question.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    @FR:
    You are too stupid to understand homonyms. You cannot tell the difference between Chinese (citizen of China) and Chinese (race).

    2Rep Lee Wong

    “He is one of 11 children, with seven brothers and three sisters. Their parents were Chinese, but he grew up in Malaysia. When he was 1,8 he traveled on his own to the United States, settling in Brookfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.”

    So you don’t know whether he’s Chinese? Your IQ is at the bottom. His parents are Chinese. He is definitely Chinese (race). But his citizenship is not Chinese.

    So stupid in asking this simple question.

    Hahah… you Chinese Chauvinist want to play with words and insist he is Chinese race?

    Ok..then let me re-phrase the question based on your logic.

    1. Is she (Russian) Chinese race? Yes or No is suffice.
    俄罗斯版东北话有多标准
    https://shorturl.asia/QfUC4

    3. Is Miss Japan Japanese race? Yes or No is suffice.
    https://shorturl.asia/XBePi

    Don’t run away, Chinese Chauvinist. Everyone here is waiting for your answer.

    If you cannot answer, please deport yourselves back to China.

    Singapore has no place for Chinese Chauvinist.

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  • Singaporean R Free Rider:

    Japanese race = 主體大和民族

    3. Is Miss Japan (Ukrianian) a Japanese? Yes or No is suffice.
    https://shorturl.asia/XBePi

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