MOM Labour Force in Singapore

3 Warnings MOM’s Labour Force Advance Release 2017 Reveals

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) just published its Labour Force in Singapore Advance Release 2017 showing key trends of the resident labour force in Singapore. Here are 3 important takeaways from the 43-page report that we should be warned to prepare for. 1. Our resident labour force is ageing If you are below 43 years, […]

Reactions to the National Wages Council guidelines prove Singaporeans are spoilt brats

  Here I was on a Friday morning, getting in to work a bit later than usual and turning on my laptop to try and jiak zua (aka eat snake) until the end of the day  (give chance la… weekend mood). So I log into Facebook and scroll my newsfeed but all I see are […]

Future Leaders Summit

MOM Concludes “No Clear Evidence” Of Disguised Retrenchments, Really?

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say recently revealed that Ministry of Manpower (MOM) received 94 cases from employees with retrenchment-related issues last year. 15 appeals came from employees who have been dismissed but felt that they were retrenched and deprived of their retrenchment benefits. But only one appeal is being resolved. The other workers were either […]

What do Singapore Opposition Parties Say About Retrenchments?

There has been quite a bit of coverage on job cuts (except on SPH which has ownself embargoed ownself on its layoffs). PAP MPs have been nagging companies to inform MOM and unions early of retrenchments. On the other hand, netizens criticise that the Tripartite Guidelines on managing excess manpower are simply guidelines, and workers […]

Unpaid Employees Gather Outside MOM

More than 70 employees working in established nightspots in Clarke Quay were gathered outside MOM to lodge a complaint against their former employers for not paying their wages. The employees who worked for public-listed group Lifebrandz owners of popular nightspots in Clarke Quay such as Aquanova, Mulligans, Hopdog and Fenix room have not been paid […]

Progressive Wage Model

Four more things the EA still needs to address

Daniel Yap works in the media industry and enjoys blogging on social and political issues. He is married with four children. He blogs also at:   April has come around and a long-awaited update to the Employment Act (EA) is in force. Salary caps for protection under the EA have been raised to $2,500 a month […]

Cause for concern?

Anyone who has been in Singapore over the last two weeks before the rain and hail took place would have noticed the incredible haziness hanging over their heads. Like a thick, fat cloud of burnt air looming over the island, the 2013 Indonesian forest fires made their unwelcome presence felt. Even if you somehow didn’t […]

Singing in the haze

In the words of Vivian Balakrishnan: “Remember that how we behave in a crisis – this is what people will remember… This is the time for us to do the right thing, to be cohesive, to be collectively responsible for each other. Not a time to profit, not a time to spread rumours, not a […]

Hazy logic

It’s funny how some people are so quick to judge and accuse that they sometimes don’t stop to think about what they’re saying. Especially when it comes to something as extraordinary as the haze we’ve been living with these past few days. I’m referring to this recent Facebook post and this article which show people […]