Knight Frank Property Management said on Wednesday (June 22nd) that it had withdrawn and reissued bids on employment requirements for age groups at two condos, Sky Atoile Bun and Spring Grove Condo.
This was after the age limit was flagged on Monday (June 20th) in two separate security bids, Spring Grove Condo on Grange Road and Sky @ Eleven on Thomson Road.
In both bids, Knight Frank stipulated the maximum age of guards allowed to work. Under the Spring Grove Condo bid agreement, workers may also be dismissed for no good reason.
According to the company, both violations came from staff who used the old template of the previous project stored on their desktop and instead prepared a new bid.
Knight Frank said that all bid templates in the central vault will be updated and more frequent site audits will be conducted to avoid the recurrence of this mistake.
Real estate companies have added that they will continue to work closely with relevant associations and regulatory agencies to ensure that their operations comply with industry best practices.
“We apologize for misunderstandings and unnecessary stress on people in the security services industry,” he added.
In a Facebook post on Monday, the Singapore Security Association said Knight Frank’s bidding documents for security services in both condos stipulate the maximum age for hiring security personnel.
The Sky Atoile Bund bid stipulated that only security guards between the ages of 21 and 60 should be hired.
For Spring Grove condos, bidders said they should only hire people between the ages of 21 and 55.
In addition, there was a provision allowing immediate dismissal of employees at the discretion of management.
According to the Tripartite Guidelines for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep), employers are expected to select employees based on their merits.
The guidelines also state that employers are advised to avoid using age as a selection criterion for employment.
Failure to follow Tafep standards can result in the revocation of a company’s workpath privileges.
According to Busines Times, Savills Property Management was revoked workpath privileges by the Ministry of Labor in September for discriminating against non-Mandarin speakers and older workers in a bid for security services.
Noting recent violations, Ardi Bin Amir, President of the Security Employees’ Union (USE), said, “Purchasers usually discriminate against officers by gender or age, claim unilateral provisions, and immediately desire officers. Will be deleted. “
“The USE strongly condemns the discriminatory practices that are common in outsourced security contracts, despite repeated outreach and education by the three partners,” he added. ..