New manpower minister to stay the course on foreign-worker policy

EMPLOYERS can perish all thoughts of an easier labour market. The new Manpower Minister will not relax the foreign-worker policy to let in more foreign workers, nor reduce the foreign-worker levy.

Instead of yielding to calls by some bosses to go easy on tightening the tap on the inflow of foreign workers – and the fees for recruiting them – Lim Swee Say wants businesses to look beyond the current tight labour market that’s plaguing them.

He wants them to work with the government and unions to focus on making the economy manpower-lean, boosting the Singapore core in the workforce and upgrading the existing pool of foreign workers.

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Source: Business Times