Tag: Workers’ Rights

Ong Teng Cheong – Defeated but Unbowed

By Augustine Low Saturday 8 February 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the passing of President Ong Teng Cheong. And it’s been some 20 years since President Ong first faced off with the government over our national reserves. But things have not changed. Singaporeans are still...

Singapore’s bad customers

By Nicole Chang and Trinity Chua “They never call us by our names. “Five years, I have been here. Whenever they need me to pick up a new piece of item, or to get them a different-sized blouse, they call me Hello.” “It is the tone of...

Need work-life balance, amid labour crunch

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has called for fairer work practices for workers in Singapore, amid tightening labour market. DPP’s secretary-general, Ben Pwee said, “The workforce in Singapore belongs to Singapore, not to any corporates, political parties, trade unions or congresses.” Pwee emphasised, “In this tight...

Keeping up with an ageing workforce

More than two thirds of HR professionals said that the exit of the Baby Boomers from the workforce would have a major impact on the labour market in the next five years, according to the latest survey by an international organisation, Society for Human...

Public Order Bill Disproportionate and Ill-timed

Singapore, 24 January 2014 -- Parliament’s intention to enact the Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Bill is deeply troubling because it seeks to curtail the basic privileges and protections upon which all residents depend, whether citizen or migrant. The Bill proposes to confer wide-ranging powers on...

Stuck in Little India

He stretches out his hand and drops the little black button, no larger than a shirt button, into the plastic bowl. The shop owner hastily shoves a packet of food into his hands. Pomiah Chandran Suresh has often frequented the soup kitchen at Dunlop...

Underpaid, overworked and…

By Elias Tan Singaporeans are, especially those in low-paying sectors, “grossly underpaid”. With these words economist and former boss of the National Wages Council Professor Lim Chong Yah sparked off a debate some time ago. And now there is a lot of talk going on in...

Why The Fight For Minimum Wage in Singapore is Pointless

The minimum wage is an issue that just won't die in Singapore, even though MPs have “killed” the issue on numerous occasions by raving about how great Workfare is for low-income workers. Unfortunately for them, the minimum wage seems to be the Freddy Krueger...