NTUC Calls Out Errant Practices of Local Security Company
Egregious, unethical, and indespicable. These are the words fitting of what a local security agency has done to game the Progressive Wage Model (PWM), lower their operating cost, all at the expense of the livelihoods of their workers. The PWM was first mooted by National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to ensure that our workers, especially those […]
With enhanced bursaries, diploma students who qualify for highest tier will pay just 5% of subsidised tuition fee
Good news for Singaporean students. Bursaries have been enhanced. To enhance the affordability of higher education for all Singaporeans, and ensure that every student, regardless of family circumstance, is able to reach his or her full potential in life, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will raise the bursary quanta for eligible diploma and undergraduate Singaporeans […]
Bridging income gap between ITE, Poly, and Uni grads requires all of us to play a part. Lawrence Wong
How can we ensure that the rewards of work are fairer and more equitable? While income has grown across different segments of the workforce, there remains a big gap between the salaries of university graduates and that of the poly or ITE graduates. While some difference is understandable, too wide a gap can lead to […]
Work is also about dignity and purpose. We need to strengthen support to help Singaporeans thrive at work: Lawrence Wong
We are living in a period of change, where technological advancements are disrupting industries everywhere. Those with the right skills will be able to seize the opportunities, and enjoy tremendous rewards. Those who are unable to adjust and adapt will face more challenges. The fear of being made obsolete is real for older, mid-career workers and this […]
How about making resale HDB flats affordable by selling them at cash over historical cost instead of market price?
New BTOs have remained affordable. The outcry over the unaffordability of HDB flats is mostly over the resale prices. Say you bought a HDB flat in the early days for $50,000. Today, it is worth much more. What would you do if someone comes up to you and say that you should sell your flat […]
Is workplace inclusivity for ex-offenders a farce?
We all know how hard it is to reintegrate back to work worrying about childcare duties after that maternity leave or lacking the relevant work skills after taking that gap year. But have you wondered about the anxieties and uncertainties ex-offenders feel when reintegrating back into society and the workforce? At a focus group session […]
Leong Mun Wai’s latest adjournment motion is intended to seed ungrounded expectations of VERS
SMS Sim Ann hopes that PSP Leong Mun Wai will be more responsible in debates in Parliament. That’s a wishful hope. By now, we recognise that LMW is not interested in responsible debates, much less being factual and accurate. He uses the parliamentary immunity he enjoys to repeat misinformation as often as he likes. Seeding […]
Without active strikes in Singapore, are unions still relevant today?
Traditionally, unions are known to organise strikes to fight for better pay, better welfare, and better work prospects for workers. But with the number of strikes in Singapore today being close to zero, why do we still need unions? At the Institute of Policy Studies’ (IPS) flagship Singapore Perspectives 2023 conference on 9 January, labour chief […]
We can remain successful if we understand that success is a team sport: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore can only remain successful if we continue to have generations of Singaporeans who understand that success is a team sport, said Education Minister Chan Chun Sing. Speaking at the Institute of Policy Studies Singapore Perspectives 2023, Mr Chan said everyone has the responsibility to pay it forward. “We are all here not just because […]
The home ownership programme is the success story of Singapore, shared by all Singaporeans: Lee Kuan Yew
The site where the [email protected] stands was where HDB built the first rental blocks in Tanjong Pagar in 1963. At the key handover ceremony for the [email protected] on 13 December 2009, Mr Lee Kuan Yew said the transformation of Singapore’s landscape has been breath-taking. As Mr Lee recounted, in the 1960s, most Singaporeans lived in over-crowded shop […]