If you had set foot on the People’s Association’s grounds today, you would have noticed a strong turnout of supporters from the unions for President-elect Halimah Yacob.
It is little wonder that she receives such strong support, because she cut her teeth in the Labour Movement where she spent 33 years working in NTUC as a Industrial Relations Officer and then the Director for Legal Affairs.
A count of the different official union shirts and banners show that more than 40 NTUC-affiliated unions were on the ground to show their support for Madam Halimah Yacob.
Even the U Associates (professional guilds and associations) had representatives who came to show their support to Madam Halimah.
Madam Halimah had served in the NTUC all the way till 2011 when she left after being appointed to the then-Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports as its Minister of State.
Her work in the Labour Movement saw her represent unions in Industrial Arbitration Court cases as well as to champion for causes relating to women workers and low-wage workers.