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Everyone - from businesses to Singaporeans - can be a winner.

By accelerating technology adoption in the workplace and equipping Singaporeans with skills for future jobs, Singaporeans will be able to seize new opportunities and succeed at the workplace. At the same time, businesses will also have a strong local talent pool to support their transformation and growth to compete globally. This is a win-win, says Dr Tan See Leng



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discrimination

Did you know that the tripartite partners have been relentless in their push to ensure Singaporean workers are not facing discrimination?

The NTUC-PME Taskforce has engaged more than 9,000 PMEs in the last 6 months. Labour MP Patrick Tay suggested that fair hiring practices can be enhanced by improving companies' human resources standards while strengthening enforcement. Stiffer penalties on errant companies with discriminatory hiring practices should be imposed. These sentiments were similarly shared by NTUC Deputy Secretary General Chee Hong Tat at a recent event by the Human Capital Singapore.



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Chee Hong Tat

“You wrote in your CV that you spent two years with the SAF, what is SAF?” A foreign HR manager unfamiliar with Singapore and our culture. “What is SAF?” One can only imagine the hurt this interviewee felt.

SMS Chee, who is also NTUC Deputy Secretary-General promised that NTUC will continue to push for Government and employers alike to do more to ensure fair consideration for Singaporeans when it comes to hiring and career progression, as well as to look closely at all the various options to strengthen support for Singaporeans in the workforce – including but not limited to anti-discrimination legislation.

Come Parliament sitting on 26th July, Labour MP Patrick Tay, who has been lobbying for a stronger Singaporean Core for the past 10 years, will speak at the adjournment motion, and will be bringing up for discussion how existing laws, regulations and policies can be strengthened.



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Labour MP Patrick Tay pushes for more to be done to strengthen the Singaporean Core

Since 2011, Labour MP Patrick Tay has been pushing for stronger enforcement against employers who discriminate against or unfairly treat Singaporean PMEs. The Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) and the National Jobs Bank came out of his efforts. In Parliament on 6 July, he put forth proposals for more to be done.

Patrick emphasized that 'the principle of complementarity and not direct competition is an important concept which we need to continue to embrace and strengthen'. We should not allow the import of non-specialised and non-highly skilled foreign manpower to compete against Singaporeans for well paying jobs which many Singaporeans can do.



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ntuc

NTUC reiterates that retrenchments should be the last resort for companies.

When retrenchment is unavoidable.

Companies must ensure fair treatment for workers who are affected by retrenchment.

NTUC's Job Security Council and Employment and Employability Institute will do their best to match affected workers to jobs and ensure they receive training as needed for them to take on new jobs.

NTUC reiterates that retrenchments should be the last resort for companies.

When retrenchment is unavoidable.

Companies must ensure fair treatment for workers who are affected by retrenchment.

NTUC's Job Security Council and Employment and Employability Institute will do their best to match affected workers to jobs and ensure they receive training as needed for them to take on new jobs.



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