Retrenchment is the reduction of costs or spending in economic times of difficulty. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses that are classified as non-essential services were forced to close during the circuit breaker (21st April to 1st June 2020). This has a significant impact on the businesses.

I believe the retrenchment exercise by Resort World Sentosa has been shocking to many. The exercise started in May 2020. From what I have read from the news, Resort World Sentosa has offered half a month salary for every year of service for those that took up the voluntary retrenchment scheme in May.

Below is extracted from Ministry of Manpower’s Responsible Retrenchment:

The prevailing norm is to pay a retrenchment benefit of between 2 weeks to 1 month salary per year of service, depending on the company’s financial position and the industry.

In unionised companies where the amount of retrenchment benefit is stated in the collective