Singapore’s labor movement will hand out 15 one-off awards to “individuals and companies who made a big difference during the recession” in celebration of May Day 2010.

The awards, entitled “Upturn the Downturn” will honor those deemed to have made a positive contribution to harmonious industrial relations over the tough times of the past few years.

One such recipient is Alan Tan, president of the Singapore Airlines Staff Union. Despite some opposition from the ranks, he persuaded union members the best way to protect jobs was to accept the company’s cost-cutting measures such as pay cuts and no-pay vacations.

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