NTUC mass-recruiting cashiers and warehouse storeman from China
A netizen spotted this advertisement in a Chinese website put up by Singapore’s NTUC to recruit cashiers and warehouse storeman from China:
First it was mass recruitment campaign to fill up 1,600 bus drivers needed to operate the extra 900 new buses. Now it’s NTUC’s turn to mass recruit those PRCs to replace our local aunties working in our neighbourhood FairPrice as cashiers and manning 4D lottery counters? It can’t be to fill up vacancies for 900 extra vacancies in extra outlets right?
BTW, the official acronym for NTUC is National Trades Union Congress. There are many unofficial acronyms which I shall not mention here.
I thought that NTUC is supposed to fight for our workers’ rights and welfare? How come they are also resorting to cheap foreign labour to boost their bottom line? Granted that there is a quota on foreign workers but NTUC I feel should not resort to fill up the quota just like other private enterprises.
Didn’t the Labour Chief mention about increasing productivity first before we can increase lowly paid workers when he shot down our gentlemanly eminent economics professor Lim Chong Yah’s “shock therapy?”
By mass recruiting cheap foreign workers can NTUC boost up productivity? I’m quite ignorant. I’m one of those daft Singaporeans. Please enlighten me cuz I am confused and really can’t figure out the link between abundantly available cheap labour and raising productivity?
Just last week I met Train Officer Reeza and we compared notes on housing benefits for citizens in Singapore and Malaysia. Please read here for the details. He did comment that only in Singapore where foreigners could find a job easily.
Whereas in Malaysia it’s not that easy. The company must give 101 reasons why it can’t get locals. Even though the company is allowed to employ foreigners on work permit, the salary must be the same as the local worker plus foreign worker levy! It makes it more expensive to hire foreigners. This is to encourage the company to hire more locals instead of foreigners.
In Singapore, even the Trade Unions engage foreigners when they are supposed to lead by example. Train Officer Reeza was talking about the difficulty of hiring foreigners in Malaysia as compared to Singapore giving red carpet treatment to all kinds of foreigners to work here on jobs that locals can fill up.
On one hand, they are flooding our job market with cheap labour import and on the other hand they are talking about boosting productivity? This really beats me. It doesn’t take a genius to wonder how to break free of this vicious cycle?
The only country in the world is in Singapore where a foreigner could easily get a job. No other country scores better than us on this. In fact, we go there to organize job fair and seminar to bring them over by the plane load.
If given easy access to tons of cheap labour i.e. trade unions in this case, do you think they will want to increase productivity? What productivity or higher wages are they talking about when there is always tons of cheap labour easily available?
I read about a local Singaporean not able to get a sales assistant job in NTUC FairPrice. I hope it is not true. It shows that there are locals willing to take the job. Why discriminate against our local Singaporeans?
Having cheap foreign labour from third world countries to fill up cashiers and store keepers is still not so bad. What if they are recruited to drive the 900 buses on our public roads? Do we need more langgar cases before they wake up? I’m sure you’ve read about the foreign bus driver mauling down an old lady in Sengkang recently. The video was circulated around in the net for some time. Read this article on another incident involving a recent PRC bus driver.
On Saturday’s edition of ST (19/5/12), Professor Tommy Koh published an article arguing against low wages and low fertility rates in Singapore as compared to other first world countries. It is an article backed by facts and figures. It’s very excellent piece of article I read so far.
My friend Alec Ee forwarded this piece to me …
“Yahoo comments by a foreigner on the Ferrari accident …
Being an expat myself who also lived in Singapore for a year back in the mid 1990’s I have to be completely honest and say that I really think the Singaporean Government should try to stick a finger in the ground and listen to its own population for once.
Even I as a foreigner much prefer the The Singapore I experienced 18 years ago from the Singapore today where everything seems to be aimed at creating a higher GDP on paper for show with the result that Singaporeans are being made secondary citizens in their own country.
It is really no wonder that ordinary Singaporeans feel they have had enough. Due to the Governments stance on labour laws it has been possible for employers to virtually make Singaporeans extinct within certain industries.
The service sector in Singapore is today virtually void of local Singaporeans. When I go to Changi Airport to fly anywhere the only place I meet local Singaporeans is in Immigration.
Honestly, a people should never have to feel alienated in their own country.
A completely unnecessary accident as the described just fuels the feelings already deeply rooted in most Singaporeans and that is only the lasted case.
Why is it possible for somebody else than Singaporean citizens to occupy HDB flats?
Why has it been allowed that some foreigners have been able to stay in the PR scheme almost indefinitely?
Why are many Singaporeans treated differently in hospitals and educational institutions just because you have foreigners standing there waving money?
I can only recommend the Singaporean Government to wake up and look at the realities. A very real scenario may reveal itself in 2016 and maybe that is about time as well.
I am not a Singaporean nor can I ever become one but I do have enough common sense to understand that there is something very wrong in Singapore when local Singaporeans are being put second or further back in line to pretty much everything while some foreigners, who’s only asset for Singapore is money, take first row.
Maybe The Singaporean Government don’t even care how some of these newly rich have actually aquired their wealth.
Many of them may not really be people you want to be associated with like this irresponsible crazy PRC moron who by his splendid show of stupidity managed to take the lives of two innocent people of which one was just an ordinary family father who worked to provide for his family.” Unquote
I did not say those things. The foreigner’s comments reproduced here. I think we should reflect on this.