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Minister Desmond Lee refutes the claim that Singapore isn’t doing enough to reduce inequality

Social & Family Development Minister Desmond Lee responded to the recently released ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 2018’ released by Oxfam that ranked Singapore 149 out of 157 countries around the world in terms of efforts to reduce inequality, placing it below countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Mr Lee strongly refutes the claim that Singapore is among the worst …

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Singapore Unbound condemns conviction of Seelan Palay and urges for his sentence and conviction to be quashed

Singapore Unbound issued a statement today strongly condemning the conviction of artist-activist Seelan Palay for holding a piece of art outside Parliament in 2017. The courts fined Mr Palay S$2,000 for his artistic demonstration which it ruled to have caused public disorder. He refused to pay, so consequently, he was sentenced to two weeks’ imprisonment. In their statement, Singapore Unbounded …

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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé found to be worst plastic polluters worldwide in global clean-ups and brand audits

The Break Free From Plastic movement announced today (9th October) that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé were the most frequent companies identified in 239 clean-ups and brand audits spanning 42 countries and six continents. Over 187,000 pieces of plastic trash were audited, identifying thousands of brands whose packaging relies on the single-use plastics that pollute our oceans and waterways globally. Coca-Cola …

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Singapore ranked as one of the 10 worst countries in tackling inequality

Singapore is one of the worst performing countries in the world at tackling inequality, according to a newly released edition of the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International. The index, which ranks 157 countries on their policies on social spending, tax, and labor rights is being published ahead of this week’s meeting of finance ministers and other …

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No more safekeeping of salaries, MOM tells employers of domestic foreign workers

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Sunday (7th Oct) a new Work Permit condition that is designed to protect foreign domestic workers and employers from money-related disputes. The new condition which will take effect on 1st January 2019 will prohibit employers from holding on to paid salaries and other money belonging to the domestic foreign worker in their employ. …

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