Workers’ Party visits Bedok South

The Workers’ Party’s Eastern Area Committee (EAC) conducted our house visits in Bedok South yesterday evening. As always, we had an enriching time chatting with residents and understanding their concerns about life in Singapore. Residents we met expressed appreciation for our visit.

EAC Visits Bedok South

The Workers’ Party’s Eastern Area Committee (EAC) conducted our house visits in Bedok South yesterday evening. As always, we had an enriching time chatting with residents and understanding their concerns about life in Singapore. Residents we met expressed appreciation for our visit.

The EAC was formed in 2005 to expand the WP’s operational capabilities into the eastern part of Singapore. The current team, led by Eric Tan Heng Chong, the party treasurer, has been conducting house visits every week since early last year.

Low productivity not our workers’ fault: WP’s Low

Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang has slammed the PAP government for seemingly suggesting that Singaporean workers have only themselves to blame for their low incomes, because of their low productivity and skills. He said it was easy to blame our local workforce for low productivity when it was the Government which opened the floodgates to foreign workers.

Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang has slammed the PAP government for seemingly suggesting that Singaporean workers have only themselves to blame for their low incomes, because of their low productivity and skills. He said it was easy to blame our local workforce for low productivity when it was the Government which opened the floodgates to foreign workers.

Low was speaking Parliament on Tuesday in response to the Finance Minister’s Budget 2010 speech last week.

The Opposition leader pointed out that manual workers like cleaners and garbage collectors in developed economies are paid so much more than their counterparts in Singapore, attributing this to those countries’ more compassionate and effective policies to ensure that workers at the bottom of the economic ladder enjoy a decent and dignified life. Referring to the Government’s latest productivity drive, which is to grow productivity by 2 to 3 per cent each year over the next decade, Low wondered if low wage workers had to wait another 10 years for the wage increases which they had not seen in the last 10 years.

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Low Thia Khiang: PAP is playing politics

Low Thia Khiang: I am prepared to work with anyone from the Government for the benefit of my constituents.

Workers’ Party secretary-general and MP for Hougang, Low Thia Khiang, has hit back at the PAP for playing politics with residents of opposition wards, and not respecting the will of the people. He decried the practice of the PAP’s unelected grassroots adviser leading the gathering and planning residents’ needs instead of the the elected MP.

Here is his letter published in the Straits Times today:

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