Singaporean NSman sacked by company 1 day before reservist training
Posted by temasektimes on July 12, 2012
A Singaporean NSman was sacked by his company one day before he went for his reservist training. He was given a one month notice (letter of termination of contract) on June 2012, which meant that he would lose his job one day before he went for his reservist.
In a posting on a government-owned citizen ‘journalism’ portal, Edwin wrote:
“I was excited to serve my first ICT (one month), but I received a letter of termination from my company (one month notice) in June, which ended one day before my ICT. I went for job interviews but they did not get back to me, maybe due to the fact they have to wait two months, which is after my one month ICT, to hire me.”
Edwin lodged a complaint to the Manpower Ministry which replied that it cannot do anything legally as the company has already given him a one month notice.
“I used to love my country but now it makes me feel really demoralized to be a Singaporean,” he added.
It is a common knowledge that Singaporean males are disadvantaged in the labor market because of their National Service obligations.
Foreigners who do not have NS liabilities and cost much less are preferred by employers and there are no measures put in place to ensure Singaporeans get priority in jobs.