Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Five day work week??

In the News today: PM Lee's National Day's Rally Speech brought much joy to civil servants and married couples with/planning to have kids.
- 12 weeks' maternity leave,
- Those with children under 12 pay a lower maid levy
- Centre-based infant-care subsidy of $400 a month
- Two days' childcare leave a year for mums and dads with children under seven
- Baby Bonus extended to first and fourth babies (now for second and third only)
- More generous tax benefits

WHAT CIVIL SERVANTS WILL GET
- Equal medical benefits for men and women civil servants
- Civil servants to have five-day work week, including schools and army camps.

Hrrmpp..should/can I be happy about the announcement? Can't say that I'm happy about it. Presently, i'm supposed to be working a alternate saturday off week but i'm putting in way more hours without any overtime pay at all (I'm considered executive so no OT pay). I'm currently working a 14 day work week, including saturadays and sundays with no off days during the week. I have clocked over 30hours to be claimed as time off. (HR says that one cannot have in excess of over 4 hours at any time.. har har.. what a joke!) However, when do I get the time off? With the nature of serving in a public community library, it's easy to say something but being able to implement, is another totally different matter. Let's see if I'll be getting a five day work week anytime soon.. or just be accumulating more claim hours along the way. We'll see!!!

What about benefits for singles? Will there for tax reliefs for things for singles? In search for more babies for the nation... have the singles been penalised? Sometimes it's not a choice... just lack of opportunities to meet the right one? Smaller social circles, less time for interaction with people outside of work and school? Reminds me of a Sex in the City episode I saw once. Carrie was invited to a baby shower. She raises a question. When people grow into adulthood. Seems that all you do is celebrate couplehood, from engagemets to hen parties, weddings, and births. When does anyone celebrate singlehood? If you are single, after graduation, all you have to look forward to are birthdays and christmas... there's nothing that celebrate singledom. hrrmmpp.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do not get too drawn in into the singlehood vs marriage arguement. There is more to life than just marriage and having kids. Unless, of course, a married life is what you are looking forward to. Initially, I wanted to write something on how to celebrate singlehood. But looking at what you wrote again carefully, it seems that you do want to get married and it is something you are looking forward to.You are just lamenting the fact that singles are losing out in terms of benefits and priviledges that the government is dishing out. To each his own.

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