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Bosses favouring foreigners still top employment grouse

Call for progressive work practices as complaints against bosses rise by 57%

Published on Apr 29, 2014 10:18 AM
Mr Thng Kai Bin, 22, who has a mild intellectual disability, was initially employed by Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium hotel to do cleaning, but was later given a new role as a doorman, with a pay rise of nearly 30 per cent. The hotel was one of the employers recognised at the Tafep Exemplary Employer Award ceremony. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Complaints about preferential treatment of foreigners remain the No. 1 gripe Singaporeans have over unfair employment practices, for the third year running.

They made up more than half of the 475 grievances - involving 295 employers - lodged last year with the national anti-discrimination watchdog.

The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) did not reveal an exact breakdown in its annual review released yesterday.

It said that one in five of the complaints handled was about age, while one in six was to do with issues of language or race.

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