The Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) commends the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for signalling its willingness to make the work pass framework more flexible and retaining more experienced, proven and better integrated workers.
The Labour Movement welcomes this new Bill as it will offer greater protection to workers in their workplaces.
We are heartened that the Government has heeded our call to enhance CPF contribution rates as this will help workers save more for retirement and for healthcare expenditure.
To attract and retain staff better, we also need to help our workers to do their jobs easier, smarter and safer. This is a better way of sustaining growth, creating jobs and avoiding wage stagnation.
The Singapore economy is into a new phase. We are upgrading qualitatively, and not expanding rapidly like we used to. We grew 1.3 per cent last year, quite good given the weak global economy. This year we expect to grow between 1 and 3 per cent.
To build better workplaces, the tripartite partners have unanimously agreed there should be better protection for more workers, while ensuring flexibility to employers. Later this year, we will make changes to the Employment Act.
We must prepare our economy, businesses and workforce well for the future so that we can sustain what we have today good growth, good employment, good wage increase and the resources to do more good for our people.
A central theme is about investing in our people and giving workers access to training and good job opportunities. Strong support is also given to businesses, especially SMEs, to become better, more productive & competitive.
How do we go about achieving that goal? In the Labour Movement, we have developed what is called the 4P approach which I will use to describe my thinking. The 4 Ps are: Protection, Progression, Placement and Privileges.
The National Trades Union Congress has penned a letter in response to “Progressive wage model not for all” published on 20 Feb 2014.
The labour movement recently called for an inclusive review of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates for workers of all ages.
The National Taxi Association has penned a letter in response to “Offer free health screening, awards and perks to improve cabbies’ welfare” published on 16 February 2014. Please see below the reply letter, and attribute it to Mr Gerald Chan, President of the National Taxi Association.