Pay Raises and Bonuses

Pay Raises and Bonuses: Who Isn’t Getting Any?

The year-end civil service bonus was announced yesterday: 0.5 months. Together with the 0.45 months of mid-year bonus and the 13-month payout, civil servants will get 1.95 months bonus this year (aka Annual Wage Supplement or AWS). 1,900 lower-wage workers will get a year-end payout of at least $900. The lower bonuses reflect the economic […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Viaticle settlement and the CPF dilemma

  I read various online articles on CPF last week. Many of the assertions are misleading with selective use of data, and it is so illogical, it defies any form of need to do a rebuttal. Like if someone told you that durians are actually apples in disguise, you don’t really want to argue with […]

The CPF “blackhole” and why you won’t know how GIC and Temasek are investing

  It is no secret your bank invests the money you deposit. This is the same with your CPF money. Unlike the bank however, the Government Investment Corporation and Temasek Holdings manages these funds in a variety of investments. Unfortunately, they do not disclose the status of these investments. Now although CPF guarantees you between […]

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 […]

CPF reviews: What’s in it for the rest of us?

  Before the Budget Announcement on the 21st of February 2014, the Labour Movement  has set out a wish list, specifically in area of CPF contribution rates for elderly workers. Labour MP Heng Chee How unveiled the details of what is being called for and why. 1. Raise the contribution rates of workers aged 50 […]

Why is gahmen forcing us to work longer?

When NTUC Member of Parliament Heng Chee How called for re-employment age to increase to 67, I noticed remarks such as this: The accusation that government “is forcing” us to work till we die is false. It is a gross misunderstanding by someone who has formed his own conclusions before actually reading the article. As […]

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 […]