Marine firm banned from hiring foreign workers for discrimination against locals

A local marine company has been banned from hiring foreign workers for two years after the Manpower Ministry (MOM) found that it discriminated against Singaporeans. -- PHOTO: TNP FILE
A local marine company has been banned from hiring foreign workers for two years after the Manpower Ministry (MOM) found that it discriminated against Singaporeans. -- PHOTO: TNP FILE

SINGAPORE - A local marine company has been banned from hiring foreign workers for two years after the Manpower Ministry (MOM) found that it discriminated against Singaporeans.

The MOM had discovered that Prime Gold International had sacked 13 Singaporean workers and replaced them with foreign workers.

This was after the workers complained to the MOM in June. The ministry said that it investigated the complaints and found the reasons cited by the firm for sacking the workers - poor work performances and inadequate qualifications - were not substantiated.

It said in a statement on Monday that the company had "denied Singaporeans fair opportunities for employment and career development", and that the company's move "affects the livelihood of Singaporeans already in employment".

The ministry said that it was the first time it imposed such a ban, but it did not say when the ban started.