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NTUC’s silent walk: How apt

In Humour on 16/06/2013 at 5:01 am

Couldn’t stop laughing when I read: “Some 50 people took part in the labour movement’s Our Singapore Conversation session on Friday evening … it started with a silent walk along parts of Marina Bay.” http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/labour-movement-holds/710474.html

This silent walk is a metaphor of the many times since it’s founding where NTUC’s silence was deafening, like

— the strike by non-unionised PRC FT SMRT (where a union and NTUC leader was a director) bus drivers; or

— NTUC Income’s row with some union members,

to quote two recent examples.

Last December, I attended the launching of “The Last Great Striike” where I heard the sorry tale that in the 1980s, NTUC and union leaders did not know how to conduct a “work ro rule” protest against Qantas at Changi airport. It was meant to help SIA in one of its periodic rows with Qantas. Qantas didn’t even know that there was a “work ro rule” protest. Google the term to understand how effective a weapon it is

Related post: https://atans1.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/when-devan-nair-was-jedi/

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