Workplaces, labour laws must be kept secular: MOM
Workplaces and labour laws have to be kept secular to preserve harmony, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday, explaining its decision to intervene in a dispute between a church and an employee fired over an adulterous relationship.
It said in a statement: "While each of us will have space to practise our religion, we have to preserve a common secular space for people with other beliefs, and employment is one of these secular spaces. Therefore, our employment legislation has to be secular.
"This is the only way all groups in Singapore can live in peace and harmony."
The remarks were the first from the ministry since The Straits Times reported last week that it had ordered the Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) to compensate its staff member.