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Singapore’s social welfare system is notoriously inefficient, often requiring the government to pay the workers for hours they’re not working, often at low wages, and for services they’re unable to provide themselves.
That is a key part of the country’s social safety net, but many are concerned that social welfare workers might be exploited and coerced by the government into doing work they’re unwilling to perform.
Singapore’s government is now considering legislation to reform the social welfare sector.
This new bill would give the public sector workers’ union, SingTel, the power to strike against abuses, and require the government, employers, and government agencies to guarantee the rights of social welfare recipients, such as overtime pay and benefits, as well as the right to a fair wage.
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