Look at how they implicitly admit they have been discriminating stay-at-home women and older workers in an attempt to cry wolf, that businesses would close shop if we don't get in foreigners (who are going to do the jobs instead of the women and older workers)
Association of Small and Medium Enterprises hits out at Workers' Party population paper
The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) has hit out at the Workers' Party's population paper calling it "another blow to the local SME community".
It took issue especially with the WP's proposal to grow the resident workforce by 1 per cent a year by attracting more women and older Singaporeans back to the workforce and to freeze foreign worker numbers at the present level.
Right from the word "go", they shamelessly admit that they are against attracting women and older workers back into the workforce. They are instead, in favour of foreign workers. That's why you see so many foreigners holding jobs our local workers could be doing.
These were among the proposals in the WP's 38-page paper issued on Saturday, which summarises the key arguments made by its Members of Parliament during the Population White Paper debate earlier this month.
On raising resident labour force participation rate, the ASME said: "This is easier said than done as there is an element of mismatch between available jobs and workers' expectations."
You could see many of these jobs are in the customer service line. Talking about mismatch, ya? How many times do you come across seeing the customer service officer could only speak one language, ie Mandarin? Or speak in an accent over the phone you can hardly make out?
So if you talk about mismatch of skills and expectations, who is the mismatch? The local who is able to speak in at least two languages, or the foreigner who speaks in only one, and that one language isn't English!
It added that SMEs have already accepted the government's tightening of the number of foreign workers, but "only to now hear that the WP proposes an even more drastic deceleration".
The association also warned that WP's proposal can lower the overall quality of life for Singaporeans. As more SMEs quit when they cannot hire enough Singaporeans, there will be fewer professional, executive and managerial (PME) jobs, which will in turn hurt Singaporeans as the number of these better-paying jobs shrink. Its bottom line: "ASME supports the view that the government should encourage resident workforce growth, however, not at the expense of simply cutting down to zero foreign workforce growth."
What a wolf cry. All along many businesses have been taking the easy way out. Cheap labour. But this cheap labour has cost productivity to drop too. Mainly in the area of customer satisfaction. Not least of all the inability to communicate in a lingo that the majority of its customers are most comfortable with.
The fact that the SMEs are jumping up and down against WP's suggestion to slow down foreigner intake, shows what we always knew. These SMEs have been deliberately hiring foreigners as cheap labour, never mind their lack of skills and/or competency, compared to the more skilled and competent local stay-at-home women or older workers.
Looks like the ASME, by attacking WP's paper, has unwittingly admitted that SMEs have been doing what they have been denying all along - discrimination against local workers, including women and older workers.
Good work WP. You have caused these hypocrites to panic and they've hit the wrong button, exposing their true selves.