Tag Archives: LIM SWEE SAY

Dear SMRT and National Transport Worker Union, don’t confuse the reader

Maybe I am a prick. Maybe they are referring to drivers of average height, or of average driving ability, or average age. I have no idea what their average here is, but I do not like the way they structure this sentence with the intention of confusing the reader. By the way, SMRT, paying your drivers a basic of $1,625 is pathetic. Paying them up to $3,500 by making them work 6 days week, 12 hours shift is nothing to shout about. And with your pay starting at $1,625 and capped at $3,500, it’s no wonder you have trouble attracting younger Singaporeans into the job. Last I read, crane operators start around $4,000 and can earn up to $7,000. I think it makes more sense to learn how to operate a crane rather than to drive a bus.

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8 things you should know about the updated Singapore Employment Act

The Employment Act is Singapore's main labour law that seeks to ensure reasonable employment standards while balancing businesses' need to stay competitive. With a greater push for better laws to protect workers mooted by the National Trades Union Congress, public consultations and tripartite evaluated by employers, unions and the Government, the Employment Act is slated to change in favour of better workplace protection.

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NTUC: 90% OF WORKING SINGAPOREANS ARE HAPPY

NTUC's family development unit, U Family, conducted a Happiness Poll to find out the state of happiness of working Singaporeans last November. Some 5,255 U Family members were polled, and the results shed some insights into the contributing factors to one's happiness level at their workplace. About nine in 10 working Singaporeans are happy overall, with most indicating that marriage and parenthood contribute "significantly" to one's happiness, according to a survey by the family development unit of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA) OFFICIAL WRITE-UP ON PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION

It was partly the need for sponsorship of political activity in the centers and partly also Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's need for a personal political organization which led to the creation of political committees throughout the city in 1964. Like so many other organizations touching on the People's Association complex, the committees pretend not to be political organizations at all.

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WHY NTUC WORKS CLOSELY WITH PAP

Labour MPs undergo the same stringent selection process as other PAP candidates. We also recruit potential PAP candidates who can contribute to the labour movement. Such a two-way approach has served our workers and union members well. On this 50th anniversary of NTUC, it is timely to recapitulate this symbiotic relationship between NTUC and PAP. Together, we are partners in nation-building.

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HAN FOOK KWANG: MINIMUM DEBATE WILL GO ON

Nobel laureate in economics Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times last month: "When it comes to the minimum wage, we have a number of cases in which a state raised its own minimum wage while a neighbouring state did not. If there were anything to the notion that minimum wage increases have negative effects on employment, that result should show up in state-to-state comparisons. It doesn't."

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Lim Swee Say to fight for East Coast again in next GE

Labour chief Lim Swee Say has declared his interest to run in East Coast GRC in the next general election, saying he hopes for more time to implement the plans he has for the ageing constituency. "I have made up my mind. I want to contest in East Coast, in Bedok, and fight for another chance to serve the residents of East Coast," he said in an interview with Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao, published on Monday.

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NTUC UNABLE TO PROTECT ITS UNION MEMBERS

Some 2,900 unionised workers in Singapore were laid off in 2013 -- a 76 per cent spike from 2012, when about 1,650 unionised workers were displaced. About 90 per cent of total retrenchments in the unionised sector came from manufacturing. The labour movement, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), attributed this to firms relocating operations out of Singapore, or the shutting down of production facilities.

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