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Why Are Unions Happy About VW Cutting Jobs Worldwide?

Why is VW Cutting Jobs? 14 months after the Volkswagen (VW) emissions scandal broke, VW struggled with lagging profits compared to competitors and lower productivity. For example, last year, with 610,000 workers globally, VW built slightly fewer vehicles than Toyota which has 350,000 staff. VW is saddled with lots of baggage, like unprofitable vehicles in […]

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MOM Concludes “No Clear Evidence” Of Disguised Retrenchments, Really?

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say recently revealed that Ministry of Manpower (MOM) received 94 cases from employees with retrenchment-related issues last year. 15 appeals came from employees who have been dismissed but felt that they were retrenched and deprived of their retrenchment benefits. But only one appeal is being resolved. The other workers were either […]

How Companies Purposely Deny You Retrenchment Benefits – Disguised retrenchment

When companies retrench, they are advised to inform MOM and the union as early as possible. Retrenchment benefits may be paid out, especially if the union’s collective agreement, employment contract or staff handbook has provided for it. But if not, don’t expect any retrenchment benefits. But not all companies, which want to get rid of […]


Another week, another retrenchment. Resorts World Singapore laid off about 375 employees following what the integrated resort said was a review of “its operational resources” amid falling profits in the gaming industry. CIMB laid off a dozen staff from its broking business in Singapore. The move came amid a dull period for the Singapore equity […]

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 […]

[Prezi] Why Don’t Singapore Unions Strike On Labour Day?

Because they don’t have to bother at all! Traditionally on 1 May, Labour Day, unions will hold protests around the world to lobby for raises in wages, better working conditions, corruption or other issues that plague workers. The last legal strike by a union in Singapore was all the way back in 1986, which was […]

Imagine Singapore without the PAP and its policies

During the recent President’s Address at the opening of Parliament, two points that were made was 1. about having “appropriate checks and balances so that alternative views can be heard” and 2. that the government will study the current political system and see if tweaks are necessary so the system can improve. At a recent think-tank […]

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 […]

A Different Type of Volunteer

The past month has seen quite some news coverage on volunteering, what with the President’s Volunteerism Philanthropy Awards (PVPA), and also with the announcement of civil servants getting a day of leave to volunteer in a charity.   But what about union leaders? Ordinary working folks who step up and volunteer their time to speak […]

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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 […]