25 Sep '11, 6am

"Because of low productivity, Singapore finds itself having to import more workers than we might need."

"Because of low productivity, Singapore finds itself having to import more workers than we might need."

I am convinced that things would be much better if we had less churn and created a policy that rewarded holding on to workers for longer and that penalised employers for sending workers back after less than, say, four years. When employers realise that they have no choice but to rely on an existing set of workers for a longer period, they will value their employees more and treat them better. They may also feel it worthwhile to invest in training, thus improving productivity. But if due to unforeseen circumstances, an employer cannot afford to keep a worker, there should be an easy way to transfer him to another employer (without compelling the worker to fly home and wait for a new Work Permit as is currently the case) so that Singapore as a whole benefits from accumulated skills, including social skills.

Full article: http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/labour-churn...

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