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Monthly Archives: April 2014

May day message: fortunes of workers and SDP are inseparable

Labour Day message from Singapore Democratic Party Even as we celebrate May Day, we must remember that Singapore's workers continue to labour under a system that makes life harder for them. Here are some indicators: Singaporeans work the most number of hours compared to other similar economies. We are the most stressful place to live in Asia We are the …

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Value the contributions of mature workers: Workers’ Party

Labour Day message from Workers' Party LABOUR Day is the day we honour the hardworking men and women who provide for our families and power the wheels of our economy. Singapore has one of the most competitive and skilled workforces in the world. The progress of our economy and our nation has been built on the backs of our workers, …

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Lawyer M Ravi issues apology to Attorney-General

Lawyer M Ravi has issue an apology to the Attorney-General, in response to a complain letter that the AG has sent to the Law Society indicating that he has prematurely released court documents relating to cases he was handling to local and international media. In the letter, dated 24 January 2014, the AG alleged that his actions were calculated to …

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WP’s potential candidates on the ground

Although the next general election could be still some ways away, the news is abuzz with speculations of new candidates for the main parties – specifically the People’s Action Party (PAP), and the Workers’ Party (WP). Since 11 April this year, the mainstream media have been speculating about “potential candidates” from the PAP who were “spotted” at the party’s events …

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Newsbites – PM Lee upgrades Cabinet

PM Lee upgrades to Cabinet 2.4 Prime Minister has announced changes to his Cabinet to "to address our priorities and challenges, and see Singapore through our next phase of development". Promotion of two Ministers: Mr Tan Chuan-Jin - promoted to full Minister in the Ministry of Manpower. Mr Lawrence Wong - promoted to full Minister in the Ministry for Culture, …

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Foreign graduates can’t get jobs because of “Singaporeans first”?

By SY Lee and Leong Sze Hian It was revealed that foreign graduates in Singapore are waiting up to six months to get a job on average. (“Foreign graduates on S’pore govt bonds finding job hunt tough”, Straits Times, Apr 29) A ministry spokesman spoke through ST that eight in 10 foreign students on MOE grants who graduated from a polytechnic …

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May Day Message for MOM

By Masked Crusader I was hoping to move on from labour issues and blog about other things. I was starting to sound like a broken record even to myself. Then, something happened. Minister Lim Swee Say, parliament jester and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress, gave his May Day speech. In his speech, Lim paints a haunting future for …

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9 reasons why opposition is not needed in Parliament

Member of Parliament Hri Kumar last week defended the performance of his colleagues from the PAP in Parliament. He said that while there were some who questioned if it is good to have a House dominated by MPs from one party, “you still have PAP MPs giving different views in Parliament.” Singaporeans’ desire for more diverse voices in Parliament goes …

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Newsbites – more for fair employment, but more owe workers CPF money

Government to continue with economic restructuring through skills training, innovation Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin indicated that the government will continue in its efforts to restructure the Singapore economy to achieve its vision of having “better workers, better jobs”. In his May day message, Mr Tan noted that skills upgrading was a key component of these efforts. “We are embarking on …

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Small Claims Employment Tribunal receives mix reactions

By Yasmeen Banu Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced last week that they would be introducing a Small Claims Employment Tribunal, to benefit all workers so they’d be able to resolve employment dispute in a better way with their employers. This tribunal will include managers and executives earning above $4500. Currently, should a breach of employment arise, managers and executives can …

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