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Government accepts higher wages proposed for Cleaners by Tripartite Cluster

What we aim to achieve in Singapore through our tripartite partnership is to have a growing economy which is both pro-business and pro-worker, Mr Chee said. This is ultimately a whole-of-society effort, as the PWM is not only an economic policy but an important part of our social compact.

As such, he urged everyone to support these efforts through our purchases as consumers, and to signal to companies that we are prepared to pay a little more for essential services so that our workers can earn higher wages.



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trade unionism and tripartism

PM Lee said there is no need for Singapore to be defensive of its model of trade unionism and tripartism which has helped us weathered many crises.

In the 1950s, trade unions made common cause with the PAP to press the colonial government for better conditions for workers, and to fight for self-determination and independence. 

In 1961, when the communists broke away from the PAP to form the Barisan Sosialis, the trade union movement also split. The NTUC was established, and stood with the PAP against the pro- communist groups.

Fighting the communists together during the early tumultous years helped forge deep bonds of trust and comradeship between PAP and NTUC leaders. "These bonds endured through the wrenching events of 1965, and saw us through our journey from separation to nationhood," PM Lee said.



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2021 May Day Message

In his 2021 May Day Message, PM Lee Hsien Loong said that our outlook has brightened considerably compared to a year ago.

Already, our unemployment rate is gradually coming down, PM Lee said. "MTI had earlier forecast 4-6% GDP growth, but barring a setback to the global economy, growth this year is likely to exceed 6%," PM Lee said. "This will bring us back to where we were before COVID-19 struck," he added.



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Leadership transition: never a straight line

While there may be bumps in the road to leadership renewal – ultimately it is not about speed, but coming to the best decision for the country.

And there remain four worthy “contenders” in Chan Chun Sing, Ong Ye Kung, Lawrence Wong and Desmond Lee, each with their own strengths. Not forgetting – with age on their side to take the country forward into greater decades to come.



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