02 Nov '12, 3am

Singapore managers turn delivery men in labor crunch

Singapore managers turn delivery men in labor crunch

At Pine Garden’s Cake Pte., Wei Chan used to have three drivers delivering chocolate and martini- flavored cakes around Singapore . Now, the head of the company transports the goods himself because he can’t get enough workers. A government push to reduce the city-state’s reliance on cheap imported labor has led to an emerging shortage of workers and increased business costs. The squeeze has left Chan with only one driver, a Chinese national, after he failed to obtain new permits to replace the other two. “I can’t accept new orders and my top-tier people are doing the lowest-end jobs,” said Chan, 40, whose managers also fill in for the lost drivers at his family’s 28-year-old Singapore bakery. “I’m fighting for survival and expanding is definitely not on the cards. Productivity is certainly compromised.” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has raised foreign-worker levies and sa...

Full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-02/singapore-manage...

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