LETTER SENT TO NATIONAL TRADES UNION CONGRESS ON 20 SEPTEMBER 2006
Union members are now being made to pay their dues by GIRO under a "seamless membership" banner. It affects people like me who do not use GIRO but prefer, for our own unique reasons, to transact by cash, cheque or credit card.
The only other choice given to us is to terminate our union membership. And loyal union members will find it difficult to make this other choice.
As the labour movement prepares to appeal to all as part of it 2011 vision, it must seriously consider becoming hassle-free and provide other payment modes for union dues. For example, payment by the NTUC-OCBC credit card.
Otherwise, it may well be that some of these persons or less loyal union members may find it more hassle-free to make the choice to terminate their membership or not be a union member.
I hope NTUC and its unions will look into this suggestion.
REPLY FROM NATIONAL TRADES UNION CONGRESS ON 25 SEPTEMBER 2006
Thank you for the suggestion. We are indeed looking into the payment of membership fees via NTUC-OCBC card.