What’s your excuse?

I stumbled upon this picture taken by a friend on Facebook and I was moved by this. I do not know this lady, why she’s doing this… In fact I don’t even know where this picture was taken, when, who she was, but I was truly touched by it. We often find ourselves saying this […]

Why Do We Need Tripartite Guidelines on Managing Excess Manpower?

I had the opportunity to be involved in an outplacement exercise recently. The company in the financial sector had to downsize their operational staffs and about a dozen staff were affected. One of them had been with the company for more than 10 years; another one (let’s call him Peter*) was very close to reaching […]

Why Can’t We Strike in Singapore?

When we see videos of other people marching down streets chanting slogans, with simple banners, placards, costumes and fists raised, it all looks very heroic, doesn’t it? Barring the SMRT strike in 2015, the closest thing we have to a strike here in Singapore is mass resignation or mass MC. Some chaff that striking will […]

Why being more productive can work out for you!

  Productivity, this overwhelming word that comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. It is what companies advocate, it is the primary umbrella under which the company can function and make profits. The more productive we are, the happier the management will be. This means the company earns more. But what is it in for […]

Your Letters: Flexible Work Arrangement: Not possible?

  You are a woman. You have just given birth. Your in-laws want you to spend more time with your child. Your husband wants you to spend more time with your child. YOU want to spend more time with your child. But the bills need paying, diapers need buying, milk powder is very expensive. How? […]

My workplace has these benefits, jealous or not?

  What’s the best way to raise employee morale than to make for a killer workplace? Here are ten offices in Singapore with corporate welfare that extend way beyond “20 days of paid annual leave per year”. A happy and motivated environment makes for creativity, inspiration, “out-of-the-box” thinking and greater productivity than a regimental, kill-joy […]

Heart to heart with union leaders, an intern’s experience

  This article is adapted from “NTUC This Week”   Prior to the interview sessions with the union leaders, my idea of union work was simple – to negotiate and bargain for better benefits for workers. I had never given much thought to the importance of union work, as I felt that unions were losing […]

So you’ve been fired. Now what?

  Kena fired izzit?  That’s gotta hurt. But while you wallow in self pity, why not also read this handy list to help you make the next step:  1.    Ask for a reference Many employers will give a written reference after termination. Even if it’s just the dates you were employed and your job scope, […]

Better jobs for all, a labour movement for all, tripartism for all

  Today marks the opening of NTUC’s Ordinary Delegate’s Conference (ODC). The ODC is a mid-term check and report on how much the Congress has done in the labour environment of Singapore. Our unions and labour movement works a little differently from our foreign counterparts – this is direct credit to a functional tripartite model. […]