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Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby Sim TT » Mon May 07, 2012 2:04 pm

Most of us are under-represented by trade unions...especially the PMETs and the low wage workers.

http://unbrandedbreadnbutter.wordpress. ... de-unions/


Written by reader Chan Whye Chuen

The New Paper, 4 May 2012, ‘Your Views’ section

My Wife’s Life as a Cleaner

On the debate over blue-collar workers’ wages

There have been many discussions about increasing the wages of blue-collar workers.

Allow me to put in my penny’s worth.

After 33 years as a production worker, my wife was retrenched in early 1999 due to adverse business conditions.

A few months later, she found a job as a cleaner. She took on the job with gusto.

She stayed with the same job and employer until she resigned in 2008 due to ill health.

She was 57 years old when she resigned.

Her starting salary was $700 a month gross. Her last pay was $750 gross.

That works out to about a $5.55 increment per year or 0.8 per cent a year....

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Re: Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby UncleLim » Mon May 07, 2012 2:18 pm

I am not sure anyone is convinced that our trade unions are really trade unions.

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Re: Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby Lyddon » Mon May 07, 2012 8:25 pm

Well, they are busy with running supermarkets, selling insurance and chatels.... Need to prioritize their limited resources on what is important.

Interesting article: NTUC- a union to help community or workers?
http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/03/ntu ... r-workers/

And NTUC chief's top 3 priorities...
http://theonlinecitizen.com/2009/01/dis ... riorities/

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Re: Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby chenwj » Wed May 09, 2012 10:47 am

UncleLim wrote:I am not sure anyone is convinced that our trade unions are really trade unions.


Yup. It's a joke. but at least they won't anyhow strike strike like western countries.

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Re: Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby peapot » Wed May 09, 2012 11:29 am

I feel sad when I read this article. Not only is this unfair it's also not right.

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Re: Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby chenwj » Wed May 09, 2012 2:01 pm

peapot wrote:I feel sad when I read this article. Not only is this unfair it's also not right.


One day pap will create a stat board to regulate cleaning industry.

We already have Council for Real Estate Agents, Council for Private Education.

Perhaps a "Council of Hygiene Professionals". The CEO will be chaired by an ex-SAF general. :sweat:

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Re: Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby UncleLim » Wed May 09, 2012 2:24 pm

chenwj wrote:Perhaps a "Council of Hygiene Professionals". The CEO will be chaired by an ex-SAF general. :sweat:


And don't forget the ex-General will bring along his ex-Colonels who will bring along his ex-Majors and ex-Captains. All one big family. :evil:

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Re: Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby chenwj » Fri May 11, 2012 1:01 pm

UncleLim wrote:
chenwj wrote:Perhaps a "Council of Hygiene Professionals". The CEO will be chaired by an ex-SAF general. :sweat:


And don't forget the ex-General will bring along his ex-Colonels who will bring along his ex-Majors and ex-Captains. All one big family. :evil:


UncleLim, we are right. They are going to have a new Stat board for cleaning services! See this:

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNew ... 97641.html

It said on Thursday that it is studying if a single agency can manage the cleaning services of all existing hawker centres. Such a move would help ensure a high, consistent cleanliness standard in hawker centres across the country, it said


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Re: Story of a cleaning lady: Where were the trade unions?

Postby UncleLim » Sat May 12, 2012 12:11 pm

chenwj wrote:
UncleLim wrote:
chenwj wrote:Perhaps a "Council of Hygiene Professionals". The CEO will be chaired by an ex-SAF general. :sweat:


And don't forget the ex-General will bring along his ex-Colonels who will bring along his ex-Majors and ex-Captains. All one big family. :evil:


UncleLim, we are right. They are going to have a new Stat board for cleaning services! See this:

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNew ... 97641.html

It said on Thursday that it is studying if a single agency can manage the cleaning services of all existing hawker centres. Such a move would help ensure a high, consistent cleanliness standard in hawker centres across the country, it said




WE ARE PROPHETS !!!!! :rotflmao:

Actually... the bureaucrats are becoming so predictable, running our society using template solutions. :shrug:

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