What factors does the Court take into account in making its decision?
The guiding principle adopted is that the Court’s decision should be fair, and should take into account not only the interests of the disputing parties but also the interests of the community as a whole and Singapore’s economic condition. The specific factors taken into account depend on the nature of the dispute. For a dispute relating to annual wage adjustments and bonus, the Court also takes into consideration the recommendations made by the Minister for Manpower based on the National Wage Council guidelines. Where the dispute relates to re-employment of an eligible employee under the Retirement and Re-employment Act, the Court takes note of the tripartite guidelines relating to re-employment issued by the Minister.