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Lim Swee Say urged unions to merge for a “louder voice”

In a speech made to NTUC members yesterday, PAP minister without portfolio and NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say has called on unions to “merge” for a “louder voice”. According to a Straits Times report today, “recent mergers include the six taxi operators’ associations into the National Taxi Association, and that of the Singapore Air Transport Workers’ Union into the Singapore Manual and Mercantile Workers’ Union.”
It is not known how such mergers will give unions a “louder voice” since it is an unwritten truth in Singapore that there is only one voice – that of the PAP regime.

NTUC itself was formed in 1961 from the amalgamation of trade unions affiliated to the PAP regime and had expanded over the years to “absorb” other smaller unions.

Under Singapore’s unique “tripartite” alliance between the workers, government and employers, NTUC is positioned to “mediate” in possible labor disputes arising between the trio.

While the arrangement has created a conducive environment for MNCs to invest in Singapore, it curtailed the rights of Singapore workers who are left completely at the mercy of the government and big businesses.

By “tradition”, NTUC is always headed by a PAP minister which is almost unheard of anywhere else in the world.

Mr Lim has recently rejected the minimum wage, claiming that it will lead to high business costs and unemployment rates in Singapore.

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