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Title: Social Integration through Practice and Socialisation: A Study of the Labour Movement in Singapore
Keywords: Organised labour unions labour movement
Issue Date: 25-Mar-2009
Citation: HOW KIAN WEE, LIONEL (2009-03-25). Social Integration through Practice and Socialisation: A Study of the Labour Movement in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Focused contextually on the labour movement in Singapore, this thesis examines the key roles and functions played by labour unions here, claiming that they function primarily as agents for social integration. This assertion is made both in relation to the observed longstanding alignment and support given by the dominant coalition of labour unions under the aegis of the NTUC to the government and its principle practice of adopting a b non-confrontationalb approach to industrial relations, which has led to labour unions functioning as conduits for the mitigation of conflict. However, structural processes alone are inadequate for the maintenance of such a system, another crucial contributing element is the support of labour union leaders whose views and perceptions are shaped not only by the existing objective set of social-structural conditions but also by their own subjective experiences, rooted in the routine day-to-day practices.
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