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Unfair opportunities for Singaporeans top complaint against bosses

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Employees and tripartite partners are calling for more progressive work practices, as complaints about unfair opportunities and discrimination top the list of Singapore workers gripes.

According to The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices’ (TAFEP) annual review, complaints about fair opportunities for Singaporeans made up more than half of the 475 complaints lodged with the national anti-discrimination organisation in 2013.

In 2013, TAFEP received a total of 3,396 enquiries, feedback and complaints from the public – an increase of 56% since 2012.

“This increase was largely due to higher awareness arising from TAFEP’s publicity campaigns and the introduction of the Fair Consideration Framework,” the report stated.

In addition, TAFEP’s review highlighted one in five complaints handled were about issues regarding age, while one in six were to do with problems resulting from language or race.

“A key issue for enquiries and feedback received related to employers seeking advice on the acceptable requirements for their job advertisements,” the report said.

Around 295 employers in total were involved in complaints made with TAFEP last year.

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