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Should we fight for parental benefits?

During April this year, we had meeting with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions it is decidedly the largest and probably the most influential umbrella organization of labour unions in Norway.

21 national unions affiliated to the Landsorganisasjonen i Norge have almost 900,000 members of a Norwegian population of 5 million.

The majority of affiliated unions organize traditional blue collar workers but the largest affiliate is the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees which makes up more than a third of all members.



In Singapore, people often say you can die but can’t ill, especially when you’re in the lower income or unemployed. But if you’re an unemployed Norwegian, treatment by a doctor and at a hospital are covered by the national insurance. There will be sickness benefit based on income if one should become sick or injured.

Since the PAP claim that they are willing to do anything to improve birth rate, instead of those hypocritical baby bonus where the rich benefit, why don’t we have pregnancy benefit if one have to stop work because of pregnancy and parental benefit after birth as compensation for loss of income?

In Norway, such benefit is calculated in the same way as sickness benefit. It can be given 100 percent for 10 months or 80 percent for 1 year. The benefit period can be divided between the mother and father if both have earned the entitlement, by being gainfully employed during at least six of the last ten months. It even applies during adoption.


What if you have a child with special needs?
There will be benefit for care for a sick or hospitalized child as compensation for loss of income. Such child benefit applies for children below the age of 18. Additional cash benefit for children between the ages of 1 and 2 that do not attend a publicly- financed day-care centre.

In Singapore, single parent is not allowed to purchase flat. Norway, on the other hand, has benefit to single mother or father, unmarried or single divorced person, who are solely responsible for children below the age of 8.

I’ve met single parents who became single parents because the other half met with an accident and pass away before they could sign the ROM, such children being born do not receive anything, not even the baby bonus.
Yet in Norway, survivor’s pension is given if you are a widow or a widower of a person with pension entitlement in Norway. There will also be children's pension to a child who has lost a parent with pension entitlement in Norway. In the event of occupational injury more advantageous rules apply regarding the calculation of sickness benefit, disability pension, children's pension etc.

Since 60% voted for the PAP to be against minimum wage, will Singaporeans form own independent unions?