Who are our Labour MPs? What sets them apart from the other MPs?

Singapore MP from NTUC

By now everyone has probably heard enough about NTUC’s symbiotic relationship with the PAP. Members First, Workers Always. #EveryWorkerMatters. More PMEs need to join unions… and so on. If you also haven’t noticed, some of the faces of NTUC are also the same faces you’ve probably seen in parliamentary debates, or around your neighbourhood if […]

4G Leadership: why you can put your confidence in Chan Chun Sing

Chan Chun Sing - MOE MInister

“We cannot save every job and every business, but we will take care of every Singaporean. We will not let widespread unemployment erode the confidence and dignity of our people.” – Chan Chun Sing June 2020 – A common thread running through Chan Chun Sing’s speeches is the expressed determination to ensure a successful and […]

Labour market looking up but retrenchments still loom.

In a joint statement, Mr Patrick Tay, executive secretary of BSFU, and Mr Max Lim, president of SBEU, shared that union leaders will provide support, advice and assistance to affected employees by the retrenchment

And just like that, we are into the second quarter of 2021. Although things are looking up for the job market, more retrenchments may still be on the cards. In the latest high profile retrenchment news in the banking sector, we saw the restructuring exercise of CIMB Singapore. Following a review of its business, CIMB […]

Debunking “folky wisdom”: Blood, sweat & tears of a UWPI union leader

Debunking “folky wisdom”: Blood, sweat & tears of a UWPI union leader

Late 2020 saw a flurry of exchanges among the Members of Parliament (MPs) over a debate on minimum wage. Workers’ Party MP Dr Jamus Lim insinuated that union leaders relied on “folksy wisdom” and argued that such “folksy wisdom” should not be relied on as the basis for policymaking. His statement elicited some vigorous reactions […]

Retrenched at 57 with 4 Kids, Singaporean man says he is lucky to have his wife

Retrenched Ismail and his family

A hotel staycation, an outing to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) may be just another holiday activity that many Singaporean families “make do with” since travel plans are thrown out the window this year. But to Ismail and his family, these activities are almost out of reach. “Oh, can use the SingapoRediscovers Vouchers right?” I ask. […]

President Ong Teng Cheong’s last words in farewell speech

At the farewell reception held in his honour on 30 August 1999, the late President Ong Teng Cheong summed up his working relationship with the government this way: “My working relationship with the government has been sound. I know how the government machinery ticks, having spent over two decades in government. The Cabinet Ministers had […]

Why is there such a close link between NTUC and PAP?

Mention NTUC now and most people will think of the supermarket. Indeed, few Singaporeans will understand what a trade union is or the main function of NTUC. So, what exactly is NTUC if not (just) the supermarket? NTUC, which stands for the National Trades Union Congress, is a national confederation of trade unions. That sounds […]

An SQ Girl’s job search experience after leaving SIA

Yan Yee SIA

When Covid hit earlier this year, Yan Yee was not worried as she still had long haul flights in March. Then, the former SIA staff’s income was not significantly affected yet. “I knew the situation was getting serious when SIA offered the early release scheme. There was much fear that there would be no more […]