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尚达曼:就业将是全世界未来的核心挑战

Nov 02, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

高级部长尚达曼最近发布了他称之为“令人不安的消息”的Facebook帖子:考虑到新冠肺炎疫情的持续,“在未来一年,甚至可能是更长时间”,就业仍将是一个挑战。

尽管全国就业委员会主席尚达曼承诺政府将继续“全力以赴”帮助流离失所的新加坡人,但他呼吁雇主和求职者发挥自己的作用。

经济复苏将“缓慢而坎坷”

尚达曼表示,预计国际经济的复苏将是“缓慢而坎坷的”。

新加坡也可能受到各个国家“可能反复封锁”的影响。

他解释说,即便是疫苗也可能不是快速解决问题的办法,因为其可用性和有效性尚不确定。

中产阶级收入停滞不前,但新加坡是个例外

尚达曼还解释说,在许多发达经济体中,中产阶级收入停滞不前,但新加坡是个例外。

他强调的另一个问题是,就业机会的创造往往集中在劳动力市场的高技能和低技能两端人群,中间的就业机会较少。

这个问题和其他“长期遗留问题”已经在其他地方根深蒂固。

他表示:“我们正在为避免在新加坡发生这种情况做出坚定的努力。”他说他“坚信我们会成功的”。

"如果我们都能发挥作用,我们就会成功”

同时兼任社会统筹部长的尚达曼呼吁雇主和求职者都要接受“没有工作匹配是完美的”这一观点。

一方面,雇主应该给予求职者机会,"即便他们不具备所有必要的背景或资格",并设法利用他们过去的经验或借助政府"慷慨的支持计划"帮助他们"提高技能"。

另一方面,求职者必须"愿意踏入新领域",他指出"很多人"在新职业中找到了满足感。

新的就业门户网站

尚达曼还介绍了一个新推出的就业门户网站www.jobsgohere.gov.sg ,该网站旨在引导求职者“找到工作和获得培训的机会,尤其是在我们不断发展的行业”。

他强调说制造业、物流业、“甚至是零售业的一小部分”,以及新兴的绿色经济,都是经济中的亮点。除此之外,还有金融、医疗和信息通信技术,他称它们为“明显发展的行业”。

新的门户网站并不是要取代已有的分别用于就业和技能培训的MyCareersFuture和MySkillsFuture。

尚达曼在回复评论时解释说,相反,它是“旨在帮助人们使用那些主要的网站”。

他补充说:“我们还希望尽可能地避免不合适的工作匹配,这可能意味着工资的长期大幅下降,以及已经积累技能的损失。”他还表示,该门户网站将为来自不同背景的用户提供量身定制的信息。

他承认,在网站的可用性方面“还有很多需要改进的地方”,他还透露,“新一代系统的并行工作”正在进行中。

但同时他指出,“我们需要充分利用现有的资源,不断改进。”

可在此处阅读全文:

https://www.facebook.com/TharmanShanmugaratnam/photos/a.499542176741945/3986013278094800/?type=3

顶图来自尚达曼的Facebook和Andrew Koay

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.