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Singapore Chronicles: TRADE UNIONS

Singapore Chronicles: TRADE UNIONS

Singapore Chronicles: TRADE UNIONS
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s Independence, the Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press are jointly launching the Singapore Chronicles series in 2015. This 50-volume series seeks to record, explain and offer insights into what makes Singapore, Singapore. Covering a wide range of subjects, from the philosophical to the mundane, the fundamental to the practical, these Singapore Chronicles titles include Constitution, Presidency, Housing, Transport, Demography, CPF, Sports and Food. Each volume in this series will serve as a primer on the subject. Written by leading experts, they will focus on key aspects of the subject, providing analysis as well as an historical account. Readers will gain an insight into what makes Singapore tick and also why it has chosen certain “paths un-trodden”.


Trade unions hold a special place in Singapore’s history. Occupying different camps on the left and right, unionists’ past struggle for social justice saw the rise of leaders who could move the masses. A dispassionate look is taken at the ideas and impulses of those who defined today’s labour movement. Can unions continue to play a key role in the future as jobs are threatened by technological change and disruption? Some observers think Singapore might have an answer. This book examines the issues critically.



1. Roots: Baptism of Fire
2. Renewal: Recasting of Roles
3. Cooperatives: The Social Turn
4. Membership: An Everyman’s Union
5. Partners: Case for Tripartism
6. System: The Singapore Way
7. Future: A Strategic Choice

Annex: Milestones
Further Reading

The Author
As a journalist, Ivan Fernandez has interviewed unionists, political leaders, employers and ordinary workers. He was also the editor of a national newspaper. He holds law degrees, took a postgraduate research degree in media (M Phil) at the University of Sussex, and was a Press Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Author Ivan Fernandez
ISBN 9789814747288
Size 129mm x 196mm
Extent 120pp
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Black and white
Language English
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