On a more serious note, the Labour Movement started the NTUC-U Care Fund with one clear mission. And that is to help improve the lives of our low-income union members and their families; supports needy children and youth in their pursuit of excellence.
Singapore celebrates her 49th birthday this year. In a short span of close to about 5 decades, we have progressed from a small trading post to an advanced and efficient nation with one of the highest standards of living in the world.
As Singapore moves ahead with the 21st century workforce, I am happy to see that companies and organisations here today are also transcending into 21st century employers with your progressive workplace practices. I salute all the winners here.
NTUC would like to recognize role models amongst us- be it “Better Workers”, “Better Leaders”, “Better Companies” or “Better Customers”. These include cleaners who have been exemplary in their work as well as service buyers, service providers and individuals.
Since the NTUC-U Care Fund started in 2009, we have disbursed over $59.2 million dollars to help our members in times of need. In 2013 alone, we have disbursed close to $9 million dollars through the various U Care assistance programmes.
Welcome to our Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) Conference and Exhibition organised by NTUC Women’s Development Secretariat (WDS). Our theme today is See Why, Know How, Try Now on Flexible Work Arrangements.