End of the United Front

After the Singapore Trades Union Congress split in 1961, 82 unions supported the Barisan Sosialis Singapura (BSS) while only 12 Unions supported the People’s Action Party (PAP)

The Rise of NTUC and Eclipse of SATU


Dark Clouds and Stout Hearts


Modernise or Die! Rebirth of the Labour Movement


Labour Movement Accepts Full Responsibility for Survival of Singapore, Her Economic Development and Modernisation


Recommendations from the NTUC’s Trade Union Seminar on Modernization of the Labour Movement 1969


At the end of the Seminar, the Labour Movement put forth 14 recommendations as part of its strategic plans for the future. Among the most significant were the movement’s assumption of responsibility for Singapore’s economic survival and the establishment of co-operatives.


ACCEPTANCE of full responsibility, co-equally with government and management, for the survival of Singapore in the crucial years ahead, and for its continued and expanding economic development and modernisation;


RE-ORGANISATION of the trade union movement on an industry-wide basis;


NATIONAL RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN to increase union membership from one in every five workers to at least three in every five;


ALL-OUT EFFORT to achieve 100 per cent unionisation in existing unions;


AMALGAMATION of small unions (less than 1,000 members) wherever possible;


A CORPS of full-time executives, working from NTUC HQ, to render assistance whenever needed;


INCREASE OF UNION DUES to 1 per cent of salaries on a graduated scale with the introduction of an administrative check-off system; and 25 per cent of subscriptions to be the new affiliation fee to the NTUC;


A DEVELOPMENT FUND to help unions in need;


INTENSIVE AND SPECIALISED education and training for trade unionists through the medium of a Workers’ College and other educational agencies;


ESTABLISHMENT OF A WORKERS’ CO-OPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH through Life Insurance, Housing, Servicing, Consumer and Producer Co-operatives, and a Workers’ Bank;


ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING THE EMPLOYMENT ACT coupled with a demand for the removal of the Act’s glaring anomalies;


INTRODUCTION OF A MANDATORY CODE of Labour-Management Relations throughout public and private sectors;


JOINT CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY between management and union at all levels;


EQUITABLE SHARING of the fruits of increased productivity

A series of pamphlets prepared for the Modernization Seminar, 1969.