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Singapore - Age and gender and language all top the list of complaints when it comes to workplace discrimination in Singapore, says Alexander Melchers, vice president of Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF).
However, Melchers believes that employers might not necessarily be discriminatory against their employees but it could also be an issue of misconception in the employees' minds. However, Melchers says it is difficult to separate reality from their own misconceptions.
On the other hand, Joanne Cham, director of industrial relations at the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) said many Singapore employers are often too passive and do their employees any care or fairness in the workplace. Cham says employers can counter this through "small details" such as by being appreciative of their employees' work contributions and by listening to them.
According to first prize winner of the "What does fair employment mean to me?" photo competition, Cassandra Ong, senior HR manager of Savi Technology Asia, her idea of fair employment practice is one that "breaks down barriers of differences".
Ong hopes to see more employers "have an open mindset and hire based on merit".
The photo competition was organised by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices and held between July 7 and August 18 this year. Winners were announced on October 1.
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