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Nationality-related discrimination is top complaint received by TAFEP: Manpower Minister

Such complaints make up half of those received by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices, revealed Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, although these numbers have dropped after a "sharp spike" last year.

SINGAPORE: Complaints about workplace discrimination received by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) typically relates to Singaporeans' concerns for nationality-related discrimination, and these usually account for about half of total complaints received.

Meanwhile, complaints related to age, and language or race discrimination are tied at second place, with one fifth of complaints each. Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin shared these numbers in a written reply to a question by Member of Parliament Zainal Sapari on Monday (Aug 4).

Mr Tan also shared that the number of nationality-related complaints in the first half of this year dropped back to the 2011/2012 levels, after a "sharp spike" in 2013. "We will continue to monitor the number closely," he said.

Employers found to have been discriminatory in their hiring practices get their work pass privileges curtailed. In the first six months of this year, MOM has curtailed the work pass privileges of 41 errant employers and issued warnings to 34 other employers.

"Being fair is the right thing to do. Employers who practise fair employment will also benefit two-fold - firstly, through having access to a wider talent pool, and secondly, through a boost in the morale and productivity of their employees," Mr Tan added.