The Labour Movement Kickstarted Singapore’s 49th Birthday Celebrations
August is always a joyous celebratory month for our little island. This year is no different as the nation marches into their 49th birthday. The Labour Movement, with its over 800,000 members, has always been actively involved in Singapore’s birthday celebrations with its series of National Day Observance Ceremonies (NDOCs).
For this year, the Labour Movement ignited the celebrations with Baby’s Day Out – which saw some 7,000 parents and babies coming together for the largest National Day party for babies and toddlers. Organised by the NTUC U Family, Baby’s Day back in its fifth installment. Held at The Promotory @ Marina Bay on 2nd Aug 2014, there was much festivity at the event as the families got to enjoy a wide array of activities for the young – Baby Race, Baby Sensory Activity Corner, Bubble Play Land and Kids Inflatables etc.
Stemming from the Labour Movement’s May Day theme of Better Employers, Better Workers and Better Customers this year and expanding on this year’s National Day theme of ‘Our People, Our Home’, the theme for this year’s NDOC is ‘Appreciating U – Our People, Our Workers, Our Home’. It is the Labour Movement’s call to recognise and appreciate each other’s contributions to our society and nation building.
In line with this year’s theme, NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say released his National Day Message at the event where he spoke about the Labour Movement’s wish for Singapore to not only have low unemployment and higher wages, but also
- higher re-employment rate for mature workers;
- a more progressive wage ladder for lower wage workers;
- a more capable and productive workforce; and
- a more inclusive and gracious society that accepts, appreciates and respects one another.