14 Aug '12, 8am

Union leaders and employers in Singapore serve on key institutions such as the National Wages Council (NWC), the...

The Act contradicts the meaning in the dictionary by including employers in a trade union. It is further supported by the sole trade union centre in Singapore, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), having three employers’ associations under its umbrella of 61 affiliated unions. To make a further mockery of the dictionary definition of a trade union, a cabinet minister helms the union congress as its secretary-general, albeit in a personal capacity. The NTUC clearly goes against the Trade Unions Act by stating that it is a tripartite alliance of workmen, employers and the Government. The NTUC has backed the so-called success of such an organization by claiming it as "the driving force behind Singapore's economic and social development.”
 Not quite the social accord if we read the statistics. According to the Ministry of Manpower’s website, the latest statistics regardi...

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