To mark its fifth IMD celebration this year, the Migrant Workers' Centre organised five variety shows to recognise the contributions of migrant workers in Singapore.
The U Care assistance programmes aim to help low-income union members and families improve their lives, as well as support needy children and elderly in a meaningful way through the use of the NTUC-U Care Fund (herein referred to as U Care Fund).
Under the Labour Movement’s (LM) long-standing belief to Do Good and Do Together, 19 affiliated unions and communities have come together today for one of its biggest community activities appropriately titled as ‘U Care for Community’.
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 are heartened that many of our beneficiaries had shared with us how grateful they are to have received the help from the Labour Movement. Let us hear from some of them now.
Today’s event is called “U Care for Community” and this is one of the many ways that we at the Labour Movement shows kindness to the less privileged community, so as to bring cheer and joy to our beneficiaries especially when the festive season is just around the corner.
The NTUC-led LM has been a strong and responsible social partner in nation building. The economic progress and industrial peace that Singapore enjoyed over the past several decades is testament to the progressiveness of Singapore Union Leaders working within a Tripartite framework.
The Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) stands ready to help all migrant workers who need housing and other subsistence aid such as meals and other living needs. Since establishment in 2009, MWC has already housed, fed or represented over 7,000 workers.
The Migrant Workers Centre (MWC) shares the concerns of our fellow migrant worker NGOs about the plight of former work permit holders (Special Pass Holders) who now have to fend for their own living because of ongoing Work Injury Compensation claims.
Early childhood educators have shared with the union that they hope more can be done to improve their salary, career and professional development, as well as the image of their profession.