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 […]

What’s the difference between an Employment Pass and a Tech.Pass?

Tech.Pass

Tech.Pass is a visa that allows established tech entrepreneurs, leaders or technical experts from around the world to come to Singapore to perform frontier and disruptive innovations. There are several differences between an Employment Pass and a Tech.Pass. For a start, one is an employment pass, the other is a visa. Employment Pass The Employment […]

Why does the government plan 500 tech passes amidst anti-foreigner sentiments?

anti-foreigner sentiments Tech.Pass EDB MOM

With the anti-foreigner sentiments exacerbated by the pandemic, why is the government issuing 500 tech passes? Is it to make themselves more unpopular? Not at all. The new Tech.Pass is a response to the stiff competition for global tech talent. It is a much needed booster to attract top tech talent in a fiercely competitive […]

Invisible Heroes: Security Officers are Frontline Workers too!

security officers

In case you haven’t realised, security officers (like the doctors and nurses y’all clapped for during the Circuit Breaker period) are frontline workers too. Like many of these healthcare workers, cleaners, transport workers, they stood guard to keep us safe even during the Circuit Breaker period! And in the past months, the workload of these […]

Beautiful e2i career coach who packs a punch of wisdom

e2i Jacklyn

I didn’t expect to learn this much from a chat with an e2i career coach when Jacklyn first greeted me with a beaming smile. She has a knack at putting people at ease and felt more like an old friend. Jacklyn Lim, an e2i career coach since 2016, boasts an incredible track record of helping […]

Mother fears special needs son will lose job with minimum wage

minimum wage special needs disabilities persons

Persons with disabilities¹ are not a homogenous group of people. There are people with disabilities whose productivity level will be low and they work under supervision as well. Work is encouraged as it gives a sense of independence and dignity, and a meaningful way to spend time, a social engagement as well which is good […]

Pritam Singh calls for universal minimum wage; netizens react

Pritam Singh minimum wage

A whole lot of loaded statements meant to tug at your heartstrings but offer no real, practical solution to lift the wages of the low-income group.

Uplifting the low wage worker is a complicated matter and it is done through a holistic approach that is more than just about a minimum wage.

It includes skills acquisition, homeownership and access to quality healthcare and education.