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. […]

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Rebuttal: Workers at the mercy of corporations

I’d like to draw your attention to this article produced on “where bears roam free”. For some reason, the writer decided to delete his own article from the site. Nverthless, I shall reproduce it here and my comments to this article are embedded within. I shall make my comments under the name of “Z”.   […]

Life cycle of a western male expat in singapore

Class, the tables you see below illustrates the typical experience of a western, male expat in Singapore. How accurate do you think this is? (And no, it is not drawn to scale – so don’t go OCD on the graph please)   [1 month, happiness factor 40] FOB and excited about life. New city, new […]


What’s more expensive – Singapore or Singaporeans’ habits?

Recently, Singapore’s debt level has been touted as “among the highest in Asia”, mainly due to property loans. Not only that, the Credit Bureau Singapore highlighted that more Singaporeans are taking multiple loans – thanks (or no thanks) to low interest rates. As shared by one of our contributors, an average earner here will perpetually […]

4 Examples of how one hotel improved productivity

On what differentiates a ‘good’ company from a ‘great’ one, I quote Jim Collins: “Looking back on our research, what’s most striking to me about our findings is the absence of a magic moment in any of the good-to-great companies…The real path to greatness, it turns out, requires simplicity and diligence. It requires clarity, not […]

Public sector ‘lags behind in pay for rehired staff’

I refer to this article:   I was unpleasantly surprised to find that public servants face cuts of up to 30% when they are re-employed at the age of 62. What have they done to deserve the pay cut? Partaking in the natural process of ageing? Why is the government punishing them for growing old? […]

Celebrating the golden years!

One of the rare times when I came into the office early on a Monday morning, I finally had a chance to meet the cleaning auntie who does such a fantastic job of keeping the office, well, looking anything like a functioning work place. She mentioned in passing that she used to be contracted to […]

Re-thinking unions

I used to think that Singapore only has one union called the NTUC.  and “tripartism” means our NTUC don’t cause trouble, smile smile at events, and run NTUC Fairprice, Income etc.  But in the more recent past, my work has crossed paths with many unions.  They call it the Labour Movement in Singapore.  And after 3 years, […]

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Your Letters: Barman charged with drinking on the job

In the spirit of May Day, I hope that you will publish my story. Because of diplomacy, many have forgotten how unions and unionists help their members. I think we should be more forthcoming with these stories. This one for example: Once, I encountered a member who was charged for consuming alcohol whilst on duty. He […]