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March 4, 2011

My one and only post about unions in Singapore.

Anonymous says:
 yo
hilscreate says:
 sup Anonymous
Anonymous says:
 what are your thoughts of starting an animation industry union in singapore?
hilscreate says:
 u been reading vfxsoldier ?
Anonymous says:
 hahaha
 that too
hilscreate says:
 nvr ever going to happen
Anonymous says:
 you think so too
 ?
hilscreate says:
 govt will nvr allow it and they are da law.
Anonymous says:
 it might hurt our image of cheap labor too eh?

hilscreate says:
 if we puny animators can be in a union, what after the cleaners
 dun u think they need a union more then us ?
Anonymous says:
 i think they do too
 trust me, we're not much better off than them
hilscreate says:
 no way. but nvr ever going to happen
 singapore is pro biz
Anonymous says:
 true
hilscreate says:
 they won;t do anything that will jeopardise that
 if can, u think other industries won;t start already ?
 only pilots have that
 even doctors dun have
Anonymous says:
 but that's also what's causing the split between the rich and the poor
hilscreate says:
 do u really think having a union will change that ?
Anonymous says:
 it won't change it drastically, but not doing anything about it will only make it worse
 i mean, cleaners dun have OT...we OT like crazy
hilscreate says:
 nah
 cleaners get paid like $700-1k a month
 their pay actually decreases over the last few years
 because precisely of the import of cheap labor
 if u actually have a union
 and the cost of that noodle became $12 instead of $3
 do u think people will be happy
 u will get mass revolt
Anonymous says:
 hahaha
 true
hilscreate says:
 yeah
Anonymous says:
 i was thinking the similar thing during egypt's revolt.......if singaporeans did it, we'd jeopardize our image of a safe country to do business in
hilscreate says:
 yups
 exactly
Anonymous says:
 singaporeans won't do it for sure
hilscreate says:
 we want stablilty
 "revolt erupt not because of absolute poverty but in response to the unequal distribution of the benefits of modernisation." - Jonathan Eyal
 right now in singapore
 the unequal distribution is to the poor
 which is still a small percentage
Anonymous says:
 really...i thought the middle class is the worst hit
hilscreate says:
 there is still a huge middle class
 that is too afraid of losing
 of the uncertainty
 its not so bad to an extend that they will sacrifice it for a revolution
Anonymous says:
 true
hilscreate says:
 u know the spark that started the whole thing off over there ?
Anonymous says:
 dun remember
hilscreate says:
 a stall holder set himself on fire
Anonymous says:
 it was cause mubarek extended his term
hilscreate says:
 no
 well yes
 but its an accumulation
 the stall holder cannot tahan
 being oppressed by the police for constant brides
 bribes
 and being treated like dirt even after giving them that
Anonymous says:
 ok
hilscreate says:
 it was the tipping point
 it gave the people courage to say
 enough is enough
 even malaysia in their last election
 also had crazy results
 because the many had enough
 that the few held all the power
 and there was no prospect.
 In Singapore
 do u think the middle class will give up their mortgage and their car so that they will potentially be jobless and homeless
 they have too much to lose
 haha
Anonymous says:
 hahah
 i agree they are
hilscreate says:
:)
 stay there and nvr come back
Anonymous says:
 i totally understand what's the problem
 nah...vfx is dying here

3 comments:

  1. "and the cost of that noodle became $12 instead of $3
    do u think people will be happy
    u will get mass revolt"

    I think you're exaggerating to an extreme. If CG artists in Sing unionized, noodles wouldn't become $12. That's the kind of propaganda corporations and politicians spout.

    There's nothing wrong with labor organizing to make sure they don't get treated inhumanely. It's all about not getting crushed under capitalism run amok. Organizing is a basic human right.

    Workers who make a fair living wage are happy workers and produce better work. They're more efficient.

    And btw, do you think corporations don't unionize? They all belong to trade unions. The corporate world is full of all kinds of unions. Nobody raises a stink about that. Nobody threatens the end of the world when they unionize. But look what happened when they were allowed to operate unchecked---the global financial meltdown.

    There's a lot of misinformation out there regarding labor organization that I think is all the result of propaganda.

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  2. haha. If cg artists are unionised, I seriously doubt the noodles will be $12 because of it.

    My bad.

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  3. This is really insightful stuff. Cheers. :)

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