Resorts World Sentosa layoffs have led to 'stronger Singaporean core', says Manpower Ministry
THE recent high-profile layoffs at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) have left the integrated resort with a higher share of local staff than before, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a statement on Thursday, in the wake of complaints from some of the retrenched workers. Read more at The Business Times.
Tell us what you think. Email us email@example.comLocal employees who volunteered to work at an RWS-managed community-care facility for recovering coronavirus patients were also given extra consideration during the layoffs.The spokesperson also noted that RWS paid out to all eligible retrenched workers a half-month’s wages in severance for each year of service - a sum that the MOM found to be “within the limits of the tripartite guidelines for all firms in similar circumstances”, given the state of the business.
RWS, which is run by mainboard-listed leisure group Genting Singapore, held a “one-off workforce rationalisation” involving an unspecified number of employees in mid-July, citing the “devastating” impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business.The axe fell just a fortnight after the integrated resort reopened to visitors. RWS had earlier been shuttered for more than two months to curb the spread of the virus and, like the rest of the tourism industry, is still struggling from the evaporation of international visitors.
Still, the MOM found that the share of local workers in the RWS casino department’s pit and assistant pit supervisor section - where many of the local complainants had worked - in fact increased from 78 per cent to 86 per cent after the retrenchments.
Representatives from the MOM and the Attractions, Resorts and Entertainment Union have also been meeting these workers, the spokesperson said.The ministry said that it will continue to keep an eye out for “unfair retrenchment practices” among employers who are turning to layoffs.
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