Building a better Singapore based on social justice and equality – to achieve a fair and equitable share of prosperity – should be a priority, says Think Centre in a New Year message.
A joint statement endorsed by 90 local and international civil society groups has been sent to the Prime Minister demanding that the government withdraw the 2012 amendments to the Employment Act 1955.
The decision by Singapore’s Manpower Ministry to grant foreign domestic workers a weekly rest day is an important reform but falls short of international standards, Human Rights Watch has said.
Anil Netto reports on the MTUC’s nationwide picket against amendments to the Employment Act last month.
The outcome of the case between a Japanese MNC and activist-lawyer Charles Hector indicates widening protectionism of the corporate agenda, reports Angeline Loh.
Charles Hector alerts us to attempts to amend the Employment Act, which could fundamentally dilute or obscure the employer-worker relationship through the use of labour outsourcing contractors.
2Khoo looks at the big debate about migration and the brain drain. We suffer the worst of both worlds: at the low end, we have plenty of low-skilled workers despite official policy to reduce the number; and at the high end, we are unable to retain our own highly qualified people nor attract those from foreign sources.
Aliran member and rights advocate Charles Hector recently highlighted rights violations involving 31 Myanmar migrant workers allegedly committed by a Japanese multinational firm in Malaysia. Before he knew it, he was slapped with a lawsuit. Malaysian Digest caught up with Hector recently to find out more.
Recent media reports about domestic worker recruitment agencies “making a killing” using undocumented migrant workers for temporary employment in exchange for fees as high as RM1,500 per worker have raised concern.
Shamefully, quite a few leading brand name electronics companies and their suppliers fail to comply with internationally recognised standards for workers’ right and working conditions, reports GoodElectronics.