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NTUC wants more youth members

Junior arm of labour movement aims to attract 20,000 more

Published on May 13, 2014 8:41 AM
 
Mr Clarence Ngoh (left), who joined NTUC's junior membership arm nEbO in 2010, is keen on planning charity events and gaining leadership skills. The friendships Mr Ong Ting Swee (right) made when he was a junior member has made the engineer stay on with NTUC after graduation. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Four years ago, Mr Clarence Ngoh did not know much about the labour movement.

But the 20-year-old national serviceman now meets unionists regularly, and even spoke at this year's May Day Rally, the key yearly event of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

"This year's May Day was marked by strikes overseas. But in Singapore, it was peaceful. We have to thank the unionists who spend their time and effort to protect the rights of workers," said Mr Ngoh, who joined the labour movement's junior membership arm nEbO in 2010.

Admitting that he earlier had no idea what tripartism meant, he said his eyes were opened after speaking to NTUC staff and union leaders.

 
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This year's May Day was marked by strikes overseas. But in Singapore, it was peaceful. We have to thank the unionists who spend their time and effort to protect the rights of workers.

- Mr Clarence Ngoh

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