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By accelerating technology adoption in the workplace and equipping Singaporeans with skills for future jobs, Singaporeans will be able to seize new opportunities and succeed at the workplace. At the same time, businesses will also have a strong local talent pool to support their transformation and growth to compete globally. This is a win-win, says Dr Tan See Leng

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Chee Hong Tat

“You wrote in your CV that you spent two years with the SAF, what is SAF?” A foreign HR manager unfamiliar with Singapore and our culture. “What is SAF?” One can only imagine the hurt this interviewee felt.

SMS Chee, who is also NTUC Deputy Secretary-General promised that NTUC will continue to push for Government and employers alike to do more to ensure fair consideration for Singaporeans when it comes to hiring and career progression, as well as to look closely at all the various options to strengthen support for Singaporeans in the workforce – including but not limited to anti-discrimination legislation.

Come Parliament sitting on 26th July, Labour MP Patrick Tay, who has been lobbying for a stronger Singaporean Core for the past 10 years, will speak at the adjournment motion, and will be bringing up for discussion how existing laws, regulations and policies can be strengthened.

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Yong Wei made the switch from a desk-bound job to be a food deliverer. “To me it’s like a business, making people happy is my business. And I get to apply business knowledge – like customer retention and good service.”

He is also the pro tem President of the newly formed National Delivery Champions Association (NDCA). The NDCA represents all freelancers whose main income comes from delivery and will cover some 2,000 riders. Supported by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), both groups will work closely with stakeholders to address issues faced by freelancers, enhance support frameworks and uplift work prospects. 

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Labour MP Patrick Tay pushes for more to be done to strengthen the Singaporean Core

Since 2011, Labour MP Patrick Tay has been pushing for stronger enforcement against employers who discriminate against or unfairly treat Singaporean PMEs. The Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) and the National Jobs Bank came out of his efforts. In Parliament on 6 July, he put forth proposals for more to be done.

Patrick emphasized that 'the principle of complementarity and not direct competition is an important concept which we need to continue to embrace and strengthen'. We should not allow the import of non-specialised and non-highly skilled foreign manpower to compete against Singaporeans for well paying jobs which many Singaporeans can do.

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Ng Chee Meng, NTUC Secretary General

The Tripartite Cluster for Lift & Escalator (TCLE) has conducted a review of the Lift & Escalator (L&E) PWM.

Recommendations include a six-year schedule of wage increase to the L&E PWM baseline wages from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2029. This builds on the existing PWM Transitional Wage Benchmark agreed upon in 2018 which maps a schedule of transitional wage benchmarks from 2020 to 2022, A mandatory PWM Bonus is part of the recommendations.

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A refreshed anti-abuse decal for SOs with the support of the Ministry of Home Affairs!

Mr Desmond Tan, Minister of State for Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, unveiled the refreshed decal design at AMK Hub on 9th July. "Abusive behaviour towards SOs should never be tolerated. This decal will serve to strengthen public awareness of the need to contribute to a safer environment for all SOs to carry out their duties. To complement industry-led efforts, MHA will also be amending the Private Security Industry Act later this year to send a clear signal against abuse and harassment of SOs. ” Mr Desmond Tan said.

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