This 5 page paper provides an overview of trade unions as they exist in Singapore. An evaluation is made regarding this topic with the help of a SWOT analysis. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Unionism, by and large, substantially alters several personnel practices, and creates grievance systems, greater seniority protection, as well as job bidding and posting ("The Impact," 1990). That newly organized
establishments have adopted union working conditions but have granted only modest wage increases, something that suggests that the "collective voice" is key to understanding the new unionism (1990).
Clearly, unions are not about greedy workers wanting more than their share of the pie. Rather, they are about fair and safe working conditions, health care and bright futures for
all workers. While unionism may be defined similarly throughout the world as it is a concept that goes to helping workers band together to fight for their rights against a
greedy capitalist system, its flavor is different in different nations. Chew (1991) seems to emphasize this point. Indeed, unions can exist peacefully in one country but have a difficult time
in another. The reason is because laws in various countries permit only certain activities to go on and so it pays to study unionism in various locales. For example, Singapore
is one nation where unionism has been quite apparent and successful. Singapore is a parliamentary republic ("Singapore," 2003). The basic framework for labor relations in
Singapore is related to the Industrial Relations Act of 1960 and is something that has gone through a series of amendments since its inception ("Singapore," 2003). Workers who do not
belong to industries that are considered "essential" are allowed to strike but almost all labor disputes in more recent times have been resolved without resorting to strikes
(2003). In Singapore, trade unionism actually started during the 1950s with the creation of the Singapore Trades Union Congress (STUC), something associated with the Peoples Action Party ("Singapore,"