Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. National Trades Union Congress Secretary-General (NTUC Sec-Gen) Ng Chee Meng is not a Minister of Parliament but is co-opted into the 37th People’s Association Party’s Central Elective Committee (PAP CEC) on Saturday, 26 November 2022. Is this possible? Yes, let me explain why. PAP and NTUC have a Symbiotic […]
CPF contributions will soon be made mandatory for platform workers. NTUC calls for support during this transition.
TL:DR – Mandatory CPF contribution for platform workers from the part of both platform workers and platform companies are to kick in from the later part of 2024, at the earliest. NTUC will be rendering support during this transition. In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong acknowledged the lack of basic […]
National Wages Council recommends a 5.5% to 7.5% wage increment for lower-wage workers in new guidelines
TL;DR: Lower-wage workers earning up to S$2,200 a month should receive salary increments of 5.5% to 7.5% for the period from Dec1, 2022 to Nov 30, 2023. Amid an uneven recovery for business in different sectors, the National Wages Council (NWC) remains steadfast in fairly and sustainably raising the wages of workers to foster Singapore’s social and […]
At the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) biennial conference on 6 November 2022, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is also Secretary-General of the PAP, called out the opposition for ‘lying low’ on thorny issues, and that it should take a clear stand for issues especially if it aims to win more seats in Parliament and […]
Goods & Services Tax (GST) will proceed to increase from the current 7% to the proposed 8% from 1 Jan 2023 and subsequently to 9% from 1 Jan 2024. With the rise in GST, the cost of living goes up and workers bear the brunt, especially those from the lower to the middle-income group. Thankfully, […]
Manpower Minister Dr Tan See Leng affirmed that the Government has heard National Trades Union Congress (“NTUC”) calls for unemployment support for workers and is currently looking at how it can better support displaced workers. Speaking at Forward Singapore’s Empower Pillar engagement session on 2 November 2022, Dr Tan emphasised that with unemployment support, “the goal is to […]
It’s been a full year since nine recommendations were made by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC)-Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) PME Taskforce (PME TF) to strengthen PMEs’ employment and employability and enable them to compete fairly and more effectively in the labour market. Since the release of the recommendations, NTUC-SNEF has been working closely with the Ministry […]
With increasing numbers of million-dollar HDB homes in Singapore, is public housing still affordable?
Since the end of the Circuit Breaker, demand for housing has pushed resale flats prices to a new high with HDB resale prices rising for the 26th straight month in August 2022. The sale of million-dollar HDB did not slow down. In September 2022 alone, HDB recorded another 45 million-dollar HDB flats transaction, more than the 33 million-dollar flats […]
When will Leong Mun Wai stop wasting the government’s time and focus on the right issues? Some Context Progress Singapore Party (PSP)’s Leong Mun Wai raised an Adjournment Motion during Parliament sitting on 3rd October 2022, to speak about “Ensuring Oversight of Public Expenditures”. Unsurprisingly, it was another attempt to discredit the government. He alleges […]