About Us

Our Humble Beginnings

ESU was formed in 2006 with our pioneer branches, namely NUS, NTU, NAFA, SAS, RELC, and UWCSEA. As the Education sector was growing and preschool is an integral part of our education system, we merged with Kindergarten and Childcare Staff Union (KCCSU) in 2008 to better represent our members in the Early Childhood sector. Today, ESU represents around 29,000 working individuals in the education industry, mainly in the Early Childhood, Student Care, Universities, Private Education Institutions, International Schools. This excludes individuals working in the public sector. We also currently partner around 50 companies to improve the working conditions for the workers.

Our Philosophy

  1. To promote good industrial relations between members and their employers;
  2. To improve working conditions of members or enhance their economic and social status;
  3. To raise productivity for the benefit of members, their employers and the economy of Singapore

Meet Our Team

ESU Council of Advisors

Khaw Boon Wan


James Tan Cheng Choo

Executive Secretary

John De Payva


Teo Yock Ngee


Lim Kwang Beng


Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar


Saktiandi Supaat


ESU Trustees

Ma Wei Cheng

Toh Hwee Tin

Bernard Menon

ESU Executive Council

Harry Lee Wen Joon


Arshad Bin Ismail

General Secretary

Juraimi Bin Jumari

General Treasurer

Brenda Quah Ching Ching

Vice President

Herlena Binte Masehkoo

Vice President

Rohana Binte Ujang

Vice President

Tan Hui Hui

Deputy General Secretary

Tang Foong Sen Cecilia

Assistant General Secretary

Tan Choon Huat

Assistant General Treasurer

James Tan Cheng Choo

Executive Secretary

Mohamad Randy

Deputy Executive Secretary

Ang Lay Hoon Hong Liyun

Executive Council Member

Chen Chin Tyng

Executive Council Member

Hue Ruey Fang Cindy

Executive Council Member

Karuppan Chettiar Palaniappan

Executive Council Member

Kho Say Tin

Executive Council Member

Lilavathi Devi D/O Ramnathnai

Executive Council Member

Ng Lian Eng Jen

Executive Council Member

Zainab Binte Mohamed

Executive Council Member

Desmond John Chin Kong Thai


Emily Ng Chu Ai

Executive Council Member

Abu Bakar Bin Ahmad Basri

Executive Council Member

Lim Kim Meng Andrew

Executive Council Member

Thum Siak Kiang Glenn

Executive Council Member

ESU Staff

Lim Meng Wee

Sean Chan

Lee Xing Hui

Nur Khalishah

Alani Kethireddy

Tan Ker Ting

Carmon Chio Wee Ee

Ash Chng

Roziah Binti Latip

May Yong

Fun Facts about ESU

A broad overview of milestone achievements

Number of Members

In 2006, we started with 4,500 members. With sweat and tears, we have grown to be 29,000-member strong today.

Number of Unionised Branches

We have a formal partnership with almost 50 companies from the education industry. All 6 local Autonoumous Universities are unionised under ESU.

PME Representation

Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) are welcome to join ESU. In fact, 70% of all our members are PMEs.

Representation in Early Childhood

7 in 10 Early Childhood professionals are ESU members and we represent more than 10,000 individuals working in the Early Childhood sector.

How We Help Individuals

At an affordable cost every month, ESU brings you the following:
  1. Workplace advisory and consultation
  2. Complimentary death and permanent disability insurance*
  3. Financial assistance and hardship grant*
  4. Yearly training grant
  5. Conferences, workshops and webinars
  6. Bi-annual membership gifts
  7.  Dining and shopping privileges ..and many more.
*Terms and conditions apply

Union membership is all-inclusive. We accept applications from all employees, freelancers and even self-employed persons in the sector.

Get free workplace advice from the ESU team. Attend complimentary workshops and trainings. Participate in ESU’s exclusive events and engagements. Enjoy a wealth of other exclusive benefits at an average cost of $0.32 per day.

How We Help Individuals

ESU is the bridge between employers and employees. We build good labour-management relationship with our unionised companies and partner them to uplift HR standards, ensure that employees’ well-being is taken care of and provide training subsidies.

As our unionised partner, you get to enjoy:

  1. Advisory on HR best practices
  2. Training Grants of up to $50,000 to increase company’s productivity
  3. Workforce transformation through Company Training Committees
  4.  Placement support through e2i
  5. Enhanced welfare and benefits for employees with ESU membership benefits
  6.  Regular engagements with ESU’s unionised companies, key stakeholders and ministries

… and many more.

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