HOW INHUMANE COMPANIES RETRENCH BADLY

Another week, another retrenchment. Resorts World Singapore laid off about 375 employees following what the integrated resort said was a review of “its operational resources” amid falling profits in the gaming industry. CIMB laid off a dozen staff from its broking business in Singapore. The move came amid a dull period for the Singapore equity […]

We need a series of policies to make Singaporeans First

  What Keeps Singaporeans Up at Night? Recently, I have seen a number of threads of discussions about the very real possibility of a tightening labour market in Singapore. In a number of these threads, many people, rightfully, are concerned whether there will continue to be good jobs available. The concern is particularly strong amongst […]

Chan Chun Sing’s 1074 word essay has one message: the downturn is looming

When the Labour Chief spends his time to pen down all these words to warn you of a downturn, perhaps it might be good to pay some notice. You can read the article in full here. In case you haven’t noticed, there is economic slowdown in Singapore. Retrenchments have been announced and the country is […]

Employment, entitlement etc.

The question is always ‘What is the role of a labor movement?’ How much is about collective bargaining, how much is about social change for all workers? – Andy Stern Employment is not an entitlement, it is not a right and neither is it guaranteed. In a place like Singapore, where the unemployment rates are […]

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Invest in The Singapore Workforce, Part II of III

This is the second of a three part article contributed by He Shu Han. Read Part 1 here: http://www.fivestarsandamoon.com/invest-in-the-singapore-workforce-a-three-part-article/  Read Part 3 here: http://www.fivestarsandamoon.com/invest-in-the-singapore-workforce-part-iii-of-iii/   M2 takes a completely mirrored approach to M1. Where M1 looks at workers as nuts and bolts in cold machinery, M2 sees workers as cells and organs in a warm living being. […]

Why being more productive can work out for you!

  Productivity, this overwhelming word that comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. It is what companies advocate, it is the primary umbrella under which the company can function and make profits. The more productive we are, the happier the management will be. This means the company earns more. But what is it in for […]

…so Singaporean graduates can’t get a job?

The article below is sent to us by a Japanese reader who wishes to remain anonymous.  See below for a Japanese transcript. 日本語訳については、以下を参照してください。   Last week, I heard an interesting rumor that Japanese run NHK is making a documentary about “How graduates in Singapore CANNOT find jobs”! It seems like some people already got interviewed about […]

My workplace has these benefits, jealous or not?

  What’s the best way to raise employee morale than to make for a killer workplace? Here are ten offices in Singapore with corporate welfare that extend way beyond “20 days of paid annual leave per year”. A happy and motivated environment makes for creativity, inspiration, “out-of-the-box” thinking and greater productivity than a regimental, kill-joy […]

Heart to heart with union leaders, an intern’s experience

  This article is adapted from “NTUC This Week”   Prior to the interview sessions with the union leaders, my idea of union work was simple – to negotiate and bargain for better benefits for workers. I had never given much thought to the importance of union work, as I felt that unions were losing […]