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Daily Archives: 2015-05-01

Mayday protest: Independent labour unions, a must for labour rights

Over 400 individuals turned up at Hong Lim Park on Mayday, 1 May to commemorate the day for laborers and to show support to Transitioning.org's event to protest for more labour rights for Singaporean workers. During the event, bananas were given out to attending members of public to show support to Amos Yee, a 16 year old teenager who was …

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CAN’s statement on the assault on Amos Yee

CAN believes that the conditions imposed on Yee are unnecessarily onerous. Apart from having to report to his Investigating Officer every day, he is also barred from posting anything online. This curtailment of Yee’s right to express himself doesn’t just infringe on his constitutional rights as a citizen, it is also disproportionate to the charges he is currently facing.

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“Quarters”, a show about how citizens strive to live harmoniously despite cultural and lifestyle differences in the 70’s

“Quarters”, a theatrical extravaganza proudly presented by Avant Theatre, as part of SG50 celebration. A theatrical production that will take audience back to the 1970s Singapore, where we relive the days when the communal & cohesive living environment was predominant making way for Multicultural Singapore. As part of the SG50 celebrations, “Quarters” will explore a time in post-independence Singapore’s history …

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Cheering bigotry, cheering violence

Eight years ago, a homophobic, bigoted speech was made in Parliament about gay people. In particular, about homosexual men. That reprehensible speech, by a then-Nominated Member of Parliament who is also a law professor, was a stunning and blatant abuse of the highest law-making institution in the land for a self-serving vile purpose. But that was not the shocking thing …

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Labour Day and our history of hope

By Dr Loh Kah Seng and Dr Thum Ping Tjin On this Labour Day, in our 50th year of independence, it is timely to reflect on how the labour movement in the 1950s played a critical role in our history, in particular its role in our independence movement. This history highlights three points: one, Singaporean workers organised a strong autonomous …

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HOME: Eliminate wage discrimination by nationality and give domestic work its due recognition

We congratulate Mr Peter Seah as the new National Wages Council (NWC) chairperson. The Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) would like to take the opportunity to express and reiterate our organization’s stand as feedback to Singapore’s National Wages Guidelines for 2015/2016. HOME is a non-governmental organisation that works for the rights and welfare of migrant workers in Singapore. We …

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SPP’s Labour Day message

In SPP's Labour Day Message, Mr Chiam See Tong calls for greater salary growth, increased bargaining power and more investment in human resources. The statement can be read in full below. My fellow Singaporeans, Labour Day is a celebration of the working classes. We should not only recognize the contributions of workers – pledges must be made to better protect …

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Law Minister K Shanmugam condemns Amos Yee’s assailant

In a Facebook post, Minister for Law K Shanmugam denounced the actions of the man who had hit Amos Yee, just as the 16 year old was attending court yesterday for his bail review in relation to him posting a video critical of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The unidentified assailant was filmed by media walking up to Yee and striking him on …

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