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unemployment insurance

The topic of having an unemployment insurance in Singapore is not new. In fact, since 2016, Labour MP Patrick Tay has broached the subject in Parliament and called for unemployment support for PMEs who are retrenched and transiting into their new jobs.

Having unemployment support can help tide them through this tricky transition period. This reduces the amount of stress that they undergo and the chance that they would pick an unsuitable job. Nevertheless, we should not forget that there’s a need to balance the support rendered. It should not become a disincentive to work.



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migrant workers

Thankfully, the workers’ concerns are being resolved. This was within a day after their plight was brought to attention. To confirm that the issues that residents were facing are being addressed, the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC)’s staff accompanied by representatives from the Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees’ Union (SMEEU), have since visited the dormitory to engage with residents. Kudos to their efforts in looking out for the welfare of our foreign workers during such a difficult time!



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mature intern

There are many life lessons and work skills that we can learn from mature employees. Does ageism exist in the workplace in Singapore?

The Retirement and Re-Employment Bill 2021 was introduced in Parliament recently. These Bills support mature employees who wish to work longer. The Bills will see the retirement age and re-employment age increase to 65 and 70 respectively. This would support older workers to continue working for longer if they wished to do so.



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BATU

Union membership is strength, and so it is.

You may think little of union membership when all is well but there may come a time when you find that having your union standing with you and for you make a big difference. Sarah knows it all too well. When Sarah was dismissed wrongfully, her union Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union (BATU) stepped in to guide her.



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NFT

We all know that Speaker Tan Chuan Jin is not only a talented photographer, he uses his skill to do good for charities.

When the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) U Care Fund and Blockchain Association Singapore (BAS) announced their inaugural non-fungible token (NFT) charity auction event, Blockchain For Good!, to raise S$250,000 for the NTUC-U Care Fund to help lower-income union members and their families, guess what Mr Tan did? He contributed his photos of course!



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PHV driver

Despite the challenges that she has faced as a freelancer, Angeline, a PHV driver, chose this path as it offers her flexibility. She looks forward to the day she can provide a better life for herself and her son.

In spite of the challenges, Angeline has been very resilient and resourceful. As part of the National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA), she qualified for some grants that are aimed at helping freelancers tide through this difficult period. The Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) paid out $3,000 a month for 3 months as part of the Supplementary Budget 2020. This helped to cover Angeline’s car rental which is roughly $100 a day. The COVID-19 Driver Relief Dun (CDRF) is also paying her $10 a day over 2 months and then $5 over the last month. 



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Is it true that before the Fair Consideration Framework was implemented, locals were not a priority?

Not true!
The tripartite partners have been issuing guidelines on fair employment practices over the past two decades, having introduced the “Tripartite Guidelines on Non-Discriminatory Job Advertisements” as early as 1999.
The "Code of Responsible Employment Practices” was added in 2002. Then in 2006, the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices or TAFEP, was set up. In 2007, the government issued the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TGFEP). TGFEP was enhanced in 2011 to include guidelines on hiring and developing a Singaporean core. Then the Fair Consideration Framework in 2014.



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NMP Abdul Samad Abdul Wahab, Vice President of NTUC Central Committee, who is also general secretary of the Union of Power and Gas Employees was visibly upset when he rose to speak in response to Leong Mun Wai's uncalled for attack.

Sometimes the loudest voice is the voice that kills the Singaporean worker. PSP Leong Mun Wai needs to get off his moral high horse and apologise to labour MPs and union leaders for his uncalled for attack on them in Parliament.

Union leaders work unceasingly for workers' wages, welfare and work prospects. The Progressive Wage Model is testimony of their hard work as EQUAL partner with their tripartite partners to negotiate better wages and career prospects for workers. NTUC's Job Security Council helps displaced and at-risk workers transit to new jobs, NTUC's e2i track where the job vacancies are and help match workers to these jobs with skills evaluation, training, counselling, career coaching. Labour MPs' push saw the Fair Consideration Framework, amendment to Employment Act and many more.



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