Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre’s workforce to be retrenched

Published on : Friday, August 28, 2020

Nearly half of the workforce across the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre will be retrenched, with the exhibition industry “severely impacted” by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The retrenchment exercise will affect 85 roles across the company, including sales, operations and support functions such as finance and HR, Suntec Singapore and the Building Construction And Timber Industries Employees’ Union (BATU) said in a joint media release on Thursday (Aug 27).

The 85 roles comprise 60 locals and 25 non-local staff members. Suntec Singapore currently employs 149 locals and 29 non-locals, the media release added.

The effective date of notice for those affected was on Thursday, with affected employees serving their notice period from next Tuesday.

“With uncertainty on when the situation could improve and after considerable deliberation and review between Suntec Singapore and BATU, a one-off workforce rationalisation plan has now been announced,” the media release said.

Suntec Singapore and BATU said the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry has been “severely impacted” by COVID-19 and events have been suspended since April.

From early February, Suntec Singapore began working with BATU on cost control measures, including the elimination of non-essential spending, hiring freezes, internal and external redeployment of staff, clearing of annual leave, shorter work weeks.

There have also been temporary salary reductions in the form of unpaid leave, with the management taking up to 40 per cent in pay cuts.

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