Slavery of the Poor

Zainal Sapari: Slavery of the Poor

In one of my parliamentary speeches, I called upon us to guard against ”slavery of the poor”. What does the term mean? It is a plight that happens when vulnerable, low-wage workers are taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers, who exploit this group’s ignorance of their employment rights.

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Patrick Tay: Time to Review the Employment Act?

NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Patrick Tay highlights three critical areas of review to the Employment Act, to ensure that more working people covered by the Act and have access to assistance in times of need – especially timely now amidst changing workforce demographics and rising median wages, as well as ...

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Better Times for Contract Employees

Changi Airport's Changi Experience Supervisor Chloe Lee, 25, has been working for P-Serve Pte Ltd for the last five years. Currently on a three-year term contract employment with the employment agency, she now gets more benefits compared to when she was working part-time at a retail outlet.

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Zainal Sapari: All workers are equal, but some are more equal than others!

Fixed term contract employees form a small but important part of Singapore’s workforce, yet not all receive their fair dues. NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Zainal Sapari says more needs to be done to protect them and give them better job security.

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Zainal Sapari: Your Bidding Is My Command

In my last blog post, I shared my thoughts on how irresponsible outsourcing by organisations or companies could depress or lead to stagnating wages. Cheap sourcing could cut the margins of service providers and hence, give them very little room to provide better employment benefits other than those required ...

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