trade unionism and tripartism

PM Lee said there is no need for Singapore to be defensive of its model of trade unionism and tripartism which has helped us weathered many crises.

In the 1950s, trade unions made common cause with the PAP to press the colonial government for better conditions for workers, and to fight for self-determination and independence. 

In 1961, when the communists broke away from the PAP to form the Barisan Sosialis, the trade union movement also split. The NTUC was established, and stood with the PAP against the pro- communist groups.

Fighting the communists together during the early tumultous years helped forge deep bonds of trust and comradeship between PAP and NTUC leaders. "These bonds endured through the wrenching events of 1965, and saw us through our journey from separation to nationhood," PM Lee said.



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Stricter measures in response to community clusters

All individuals should limit their overall number of social interactions, to not more than two per day, whether visiting another household or meeting with friends/ family members in a public place.

To avoid an uncontrolled resurgence of community cases, everyone should avoid going to crowded places and stay home where possible. You should also keep your groups as small as possible and stick to a regular group of contacts. You should also stay home when you are unwell and see a doctor to get tested, and be vaccinated when it is offered to you.



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2021 May Day Message

In his 2021 May Day Message, PM Lee Hsien Loong said that our outlook has brightened considerably compared to a year ago.

Already, our unemployment rate is gradually coming down, PM Lee said. "MTI had earlier forecast 4-6% GDP growth, but barring a setback to the global economy, growth this year is likely to exceed 6%," PM Lee said. "This will bring us back to where we were before COVID-19 struck," he added.



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