Benjamin Chiang is an enthusiast of good advertising, deep thinking, fast living and chocolate. He writes also at www.rangosteen.com. The views expressed below are his own.
Some time around the 9th of August 2013 when Singapore was busy celebrating National Day, far away in Liverpool, England, was a street cleaner's strike (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-23636167).
Bins over flowed and streets stank. For a few days, the normally invisible work of cleaners was not only very visible, but very smell-able.
For a few days, the work of both cleaners and unions stood in your face -- and it was not pleasant.
Low-wage workers can be found doing a variety of jobs: they keep our public spaces clean, they protect and secure our buildings and they slog quietly at the back room of offices. They do the work that few are willing to do. And without them, society just couldn't function.
At a recent dialogue in the NTUC's new Devan Nair Institute, Secretary General Lim Swee SayRead More »from Will 2014 be ‘breakthrough year’ for low-wage workers in Singapore?