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MPs talk retrenchment protection in Budget debate

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HRD SG | 05 Apr 2016, 09:42 AM Agree 0
A number of MPs have suggested alternative measures to take care of newly redundant employees in the first day of parliament’s Budget debate
  • Unemployed | 07 Apr 2016, 11:21 PM Agree 0
    Thank you MPs for raising this issue! For a long while, I thought we the older workers have been forsaken by the society. Majority of the PMEs are in mid 40s & 50s who have high commitment; they are the ones who are supporting the elderly and young dependants in the family, and not forgetting the hefty housing loans, car loans etc. They are not disconnected from the business world that needs to be retrained and be certified. Firstly, they should not take too long to return to the workforce so their morale would not badly hurt. Secondly, they are experienced and intellectuals, so OJT should suffice. Thirdly, "unstated discrimination" against older workers looking for jobs should be abolished. This group of PMEs are educated and well informed, they know they have to face the harsh reality and take lower pay jobs. Under this poor market situation, it is very unlikely for these PME's to job hop. So, employers who want to avoid high costs of rehiring and training, should be encouraged to employ this group of older workers by employing them as "Senior Interns" on contract basis and provide OJT for them. Government could play a part by supporting this initiative as a new scheme to encourage more employers to adopt this new trend. Let's not forget that we are facing an aging population so why continue to discriminate older workers seeking for jobs?!
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