A Brexit analysis in one single Facebook post

Will the UK’s departure from the EU benefit those who voted to leave? No one would vote for a situation that would make him lose out, unless you’re a certain Adam who didn’t think his vote would count. Source Yet in the close, close fight on whether to stay or leave the EU, will those […]

WE LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT

I’m sorry, but when someone says “Lifelong Learning” I immediately think: and when they ask me to “improve myself”, like say, thru #SkillsFuture, I think Am I the only one? “Lifelong Learning” – yeah, yeah, easier said than done, especially when most of us are busy making ends meet… But there’s an SGfuture Labour Movement recently put […]

We need a series of policies to make Singaporeans First

  What Keeps Singaporeans Up at Night? Recently, I have seen a number of threads of discussions about the very real possibility of a tightening labour market in Singapore. In a number of these threads, many people, rightfully, are concerned whether there will continue to be good jobs available. The concern is particularly strong amongst […]

Employment, entitlement etc.

The question is always ‘What is the role of a labor movement?’ How much is about collective bargaining, how much is about social change for all workers? – Andy Stern Employment is not an entitlement, it is not a right and neither is it guaranteed. In a place like Singapore, where the unemployment rates are […]

3 things you need to know about all this talk of productivity

Productivity growth has been a hot thing in the news, with several articles about using technology to minimise human effort in doing repetitive tasks, and cutting costs for businesses. In fact, to put it simply, productivity growth is the number one solution to all our problems, be it wages, immigration, public transport, and even healthcare! […]

social resilience

Youths and the new generation of activism

Victoria shares her thoughts about peaceful activism for Singapore…   Recently, I participated in a Youth Activism poll by Young NTUC and that set me thinking further on recent instances of activism in Singapore. It is not surprising that a huge percentage of respondents mentioned that they are unsure about what “Activism” means. However notably, it […]

labour force

What does a union do in Collective Bargaining?

Singapore trade unions avoid confrontational trade unionism – that is to say treating employers like an enemy, taking to strikes and bull dozing demands through without care for circumstances. Militant trade unionism can lead to eroding of business competitiveness and eventually jobs. Unions that are too powerful lend to a fearful business environment where people […]

So you think you don’t need to join a union?

  If you ask any one of your friends if he or she is in a union, you’re likely to be greeted with the following answers: – “Har? Union? Simi lai eh? – “Singapore got union one meh?” In the world of labour relations, the beef of employees are matters of industrial disputes, abject exploitation […]

paper chase

Graduates: over-qualified or overly-unrealistic?

I’d say it started out as an innocent dream, seeded by a simple masak masak toy that convinced the preschool me that being an NTUC Fairprice cashier was the best job one could have. Fast-forward 15 years later, and I’m nowhere near that dream. Maraboli once wrote that ‘Cemetries are full of unfulfilled dreams’ and that […]

U Care!

10.5 million People? No la, not another population estimate. Dollars. That’s the size of the generosity of donors at this year’s National Trade Union Congress’s U Care fundraising.  This year, our generous donors put together $10.5 million to give out U Stretch Vouchers, Back-to-School vouchers, U Care Education Bursary to 40,000 families and 40,600 children. […]