Precarious jobs, precarious living in South-east Asia

Thursday, 12 June 2014

 The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Professor Jonathan Rigg from the Department of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Citing the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness report last September and a report by the International Labour Organisation in 1972, Prof Rigg pointed out that employment data has indicated that in the modernising economies of South-east Asia, the formal work sector has become increasingly casual, flexible, outsourced, unregulated, non-unionised and contract based. It has, in short, become more informalised. He added that the economies are thus becoming both more formal and more informal and mentioned Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam as examples. He also highlighted that the pressures of global competition have forced companies to be more agile and this has had real implications for workers in terms of job security and workplace conditions.

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