Foreign Talents Required For Cashier, Storeman and Sales Promoter Jobs?

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Came across a mass recruitment ad from NTUC Fairprice looking for cashiers, storemen, sales promoters and fish cutters from China to work in Singapore.

Looking at the salary and benefits provided, it seems like a good deal. Apart from a reasonable pay, the employee receive a $200 monthly housing allowance and 14 days annual leave (which is similar to an executive)!

The Singapore government has been encouraging senior citizens to continue working beyond retirement age and the lower educated workers to upgrade their skills so why are priorities not given to them? See link: NTUC U Portal – Re-employment of older workers

I believed trainings will be given to the chinese candidates before they come over to Singapore to work, then why can’t we train the lower educated local citizens to fit into the jobs? The lower educated workers are constantly encouraged to upgrade their skills but how can they do that if employers do not give them a chance?

Furthermore, isn’t NTUC a government related body and hence should take care of local citizens first? Singapore government has been asking organisations to give job priorities to local citizens but did they practice what they preach?

NTUC Fairprice may argue that no Singaporeans want to be cashiers, storemen, sales promoters and fish cutters but this reason sound weak. These jobs are not the typical tough (physical) and dirty jobs that locals shunned. And indeed, NTUC’s response to the mass recruitment in China is because they could not fill these positions in Singapore!? See link: NTUC’s response to the mass recruitment ad in China

Is this what we call “Say One Thing, Do Another Thing”?

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