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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Zainal Sapari: Peter Drucker, do you know what you’ve done?

“Do what you do best and outsource the rest!” was the advice given by the legendary business and management guru, Peter Drucker, who started the phenomena of ‘outsourcing’ in the late 1990s, where companies buy services (or goods) by contract from a service provider (or supplier).

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The Internship – Shobana’s NTUC U Care Experience

An interest in interacting with and serving the needs of low-wage workers saw final year National University of Singapore Economics major Shobana Balachandran take up a 12-week summer internship at NTUC U Care earlier this year.

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Zainal Sapari: My Real Champions

My father worked as a cleaner before and was paid $600 a month. That was more than 35 years ago. When I joined the Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union, where a large number of our members are cleaners, I was shocked to learn that many cleaners were ...

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Why I Worry About Job Security

Chan Chun Sing: Job Security – Cyclical or Structural?

Since joining the Labour Movement in Jan 2015, many have asked me how it has been. Others have asked what I do and what keeps me going. At that time, I jokingly said that it was to “lighten the load of my MSF colleagues”. That if I do my ...

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A union member tells her story of caring for her son and grandchildren and how help from FDAWU has been invaluable.

How Being a Union Member Helped One Grandma Take Care of Her Grandkids

Home for 66-year-old Mdm Patsy Chia (not her real name) is a small rented one-room flat, which she shares with an elderly stranger. She holds two jobs as a steward at two different hotels. For six days a week, Mdm Chia starts her day job at 8am and ends ...

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