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    Wonder if those who re-apply to EM Services will get the same pay package as before...., anyone knows? If same pay, then no reason why some of these terminated staff are "unhappy".

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    [B]'I've kept to my word', says Potong Pasir MP[/B]
    By Cheow Xin Yi, [URL="http://www.todayonline.com/"][COLOR=#cc0000]TODAY[/COLOR][/URL] | Posted: 02 June 2011 0656 hrs
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    SINGAPORE: A dispute has broken out between the Singapore People's Party (SPP) and the People's Action Party Member of Parliament Sitoh Yih Pin over what was allegedly promised for the leadership transition at Potong Pasir Town Council.

    At the heart of the wrangle are the [B]16 town council employees[/B], who were last week [B]offered re-employment and deployment to other town councils by EM Services[/B], the managing agent newly contracted by Mr Sitoh to manage the town council.

    Out of the 16 employees, three were retained in Potong Pasir Town Council. According to employees whom MediaCorp spoke to, the remaining [B]13 were issued termination letters[/B].

    Mr Sitoh explained that the termination letters were issued "in accordance to" the employees' contracts and the terminated staff were asked to re-apply with EM Services. [B]So far, only six had submitted their re-application[/B] forms, said Mr Sitoh.

    [B]One employee in his fifties[/B] said he knew of at least three colleagues who have decided not to reapply, as they were [B]"unhappy"[/B] with the arrangement.

    The arrangement is not what Mr Sitoh had promised Mrs Lina Chiam, his SPP opponent at the recent General Election, claims the Opposition party, whose second assistant secretary-general Benjamin Pwee has drafted a "request letter" to the Potong Pasir MP.

    MediaCorp understands that Mr Pwee will deliver the letter to the town council on Thursday.

    According to a copy of the letter obtained by MediaCorp, SPP claims that Mr Sitoh had pledged, in front of SPP and PAP counting agents in the early hours after Polling Day, to "keep all the staff at the town council" after Mrs Chiam had expressed concern about their jobs at the town council.

    When contacted on Wednesday, Mr Sitoh refuted SPP's claims.

    "At that time, I didn't know the inside workings of the town council and how many staff there were, so my exact words to her, "Since you asked, I'll try my best to see what I can do"," he said.

    "And I think I've kept to my word: I negotiated with EM Services and I must give credit to [B]EM Services[/B]. They said, [B]"Don't worry, we'll take the staff"."
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    As for his decision not to keep most of the town council employees at Potong Pasir, Mr Sitoh said he could not keep everybody, as he has to abide by EM Services' regulations.

    "It has its own way of doing things that is developed over the years, which is why I adopt this system. My paramount interest is the Potong Pasir residents, so EM Services has to bring in its own people. I can't compromise on standards of services I deliver to residents."

    He added that EM Services will probably have to train some of the Potong Pasir town council employees under its own training programme.

    Town council employees whom MediaCorp spoke to expressed concern about the situation, especially after they were told that when re-employed, they would be put on a six-month probation under EM Service's terms and conditions. When asked about the probation period, Mr [B]Sitoh [/B]said this was standard human resource policy for all EM Services staff. He added: [B]"If they're good performers, what's the worry?"[/B] - [URL="http://www.todayonline.com/"][COLOR=#0000ff]TODAY[/COLOR][/URL]

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    Very convenient for sitoh to push the blame to EM when all he needs to do is to just say he wants the existing employees to continue their services at the town council. So easy to see through his intention

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    let's see how WP act on staff n service contractors in Aljunied Town Council.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP
    let's see how WP act on staff n service contractors in Aljunied Town Council.

    WP had announce long ago that former staff can stay if they want for Aljunied.

    Problem is most of these staff have connections to PAP either via NTUC, Grassroots or is PAP member.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regulators
    Very convenient for sitoh to push the blame to EM when all he needs to do is to just say he wants the existing employees to continue their services at the town council. So easy to see through his intention
    EM is run by ex-PAP MP Ang Mong Seng who is CEO. They are all one gang.

    [URL="http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05/27/former-pap-mp-ang-mong-seng-is-ceo-of-em-services-which-run-sembawang-town-council/"]http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05/27/former-pap-mp-ang-mong-seng-is-ceo-of-em-services-which-run-sembawang-town-council/[/URL]


    If any EM staff openly help Opposition parties, EM can conveniently sack them so that PAP no need dirty their hands.

    Just like Geraldine Soh case whereby the GM of Town Council, Ho Thian Poh is a PAP member as well as MD of the Esmasco company that does services for the Town Council.

    Ho Thian Poh claim termination was decided by Esmasco and not Jurong Town Council but he is MD of Esmasco. His reasoning is laughable.

    [URL="http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?t=3239467"]http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?t=3239467[/URL]


    [URL="http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05/11/letter-to-jurong-town-council-ho-thian-poh-with-regards-to-termination-of-staff-geraldine-soh/"]http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05/11/letter-to-jurong-town-council-ho-thian-poh-with-regards-to-termination-of-staff-geraldine-soh/[/URL]

    [URL="http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05/10/demand-a-detail-investigation-to-the-sacking-of-jrtc-member-geraldine-soh-shin-lin/"]http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05/10/demand-a-detail-investigation-to-the-sacking-of-jrtc-member-geraldine-soh-shin-lin/[/URL]


    [URL="http://www.straitstimes.com/GeneralElection/News/Story/STIStory_667357.html"]http://www.straitstimes.com/GeneralElection/News/Story/STIStory_667357.html[/URL]


    [URL="http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110511-0000331/Dismissed-for-poor-performance--Town-council"]http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110511-0000331/Dismissed-for-poor-performance--Town-council[/URL]

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    [URL="http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/spp-protests-termination-potong-pasir-town-council-staff-040629048.html"]http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/spp-protests-termination-potong-pasir-town-council-staff-040629048.html[/URL]


    [B][SIZE=5]SPP protests termination of Potong Pasir town council staff[/SIZE][/B]

    The SPP protests new MP Sitoh Yih Pin's (left) decision to axe 16 Potong Pasir town council staff. (Yahoo!

    The [URL="http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=singapore+people%27s+party&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35"][COLOR=#005790]Singapore People's Party (SPP)[/COLOR][/URL] has written to the newly-elected MP for [URL="http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=potong+pasir+smc&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35"][COLOR=#005790]Potong Pasir SMC[/COLOR][/URL] Sitoh Yih Pin to protest the latter's termination of 16 Potong Pasir Town Council staff.


    All except three of the staff were served one-month termination notice letters, and asked to re-apply for employment to Sitoh's newly-appointed managing agent, EM Services, which also looks after eight other town councils.


    Under this arrangement, they may be deployed to any of the other town councils, and their employment conditions will also be subject to change, under the jurisdiction of their new employer.


    In a letter submitted to the [URL="http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=potong+pasir+town+council&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35"][COLOR=#005790]Potong Pasir Town Council[/COLOR][/URL]'s new general manager Ms Soh Chor Yin on Thursday morning, SPP second assistant secretary-general Benjamin Pwee said the change in management was not rational ground for termination to their contract of employment.


    Pwee's letter also called for either reinstatement of employment of the staff, or an appropriate retrenchment or severance package.


    About 30 members of the SPP also signed the letter, claiming that Sitoh had previously promised his Potong Pasir opponent Lina Chiam that he would "keep all the staff at the Town Council", and further, that he would honour his words.

    In the recently-concluded General Elections, incumbent SPP candidate Lina Chiam lost the Potong Pasir single-member constituency by a slim 112 votes to the PAP's Sitoh.


    On Wednesday, [URL="http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=sitoh+yih+pin&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35"][COLOR=#005790]Sitoh Yih Pin[/COLOR][/URL] said he had not promised to keep the staff and that he had instead told Mrs Chiam, "Since you asked, I will try my best to see what I can do," reported [I]The Straits Times[/I].


    He also said offers of severance packages to the 16 retrenched staff were "fair" and that he would "follow all the employment rules."


    But he also added that severance packages would have to come out from the town council fund, saying, "The town council funds belong to residents. My priority must be to ensure that the service standards delivered to residents are not compromised."


    All 16 Potong Pasir Town Council staff have also been handed job application forms from EM Services.


    Nine of which had been filled up and submitted to the company to date. The remaining seven are still deciding whether or not to re-apply, given that new employment conditions include a six-month probation.


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    Firstly, I want to salute all who voted CST over these 20+ years.
    They have the 'rocks' to withstand carrots and sticks from the Pappies.
    I to residents of PP and Hougang.

    Now unfortunately, no point talking about Sitoh, CST, Lina.
    In the next Elections Potong Pasir will cease to exist on the Electorial map. Surely split into 3-4 parts. Good-bye Potong Pasir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gn108
    Firstly, I want to salute all who voted CST over these 20+ years.
    They have the 'rocks' to withstand carrots and sticks from the Pappies.
    I to residents of PP and Hougang.

    Now unfortunately, no point talking about Sitoh, CST, Lina.
    In the next Elections Potong Pasir will cease to exist on the Electorial map. Surely split into 3-4 parts. Good-bye Potong Pasir.
    Its sad to see cst dun hf a successor

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    Maybe tactically he sld have given Benjie to stand in PP.
    Ah well, its over and perhaps it's time to have another set of voters to grow a pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wenqing
    EM is run by ex-PAP MP Ang Mong Seng who is CEO. They are all one gang.

    [URL="http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05/27/former-pap-mp-ang-mong-seng-is-ceo-of-em-services-which-run-sembawang-town-council/"]http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/05/27/former-pap-mp-ang-mong-seng-is-ceo-of-em-services-which-run-sembawang-town-council/[/URL]


    If any EM staff openly help Opposition parties, EM can conveniently sack them so that PAP no need dirty their hands.

    Just like Geraldine Soh case whereby the GM of Town Council, Ho Thian Poh is a PAP member as well as MD of the Esmasco company that does services for the Town Council.
    Wonder what term to use for this type of action? Instead of ethnic cleansing, maybe we can called this workplace/political cleansing?

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