Labour movement to set up new centres to help professionals

Labour movement to set up new centres to help professionals
The latest move is part of a broader strategy by the NTUC to reach out to more PMEs. The NTUC represents some 200,000 PMEs out of about about one million in the resident labour force, or about one in five. It wants to eventually represent one in four PMEs in Singapore.

Set up by the labour movement, the centres will give career tips to professionals, executives and managers (PMEs) and offer legal advice if they face work-related problems. They will serve all professionals, regardless of whether they are union members.


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Here is the full statement by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC):

At the National Delegates' Conference 2011, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and its affiliated unions and association developed the Labour Movement (LM) 2015 Vision of "Better Jobs for All", "Labour Movement for All, and "Tripartism for All". Since then, we made progress in realising the vision by striving to make every job a better job, making every worker a better worker; and matching the better worker to the better job. We believe this is the way to achieve high employment and low unemployment by minimising structural unemployment.

Today, we are in a better shape than most countries. And we are entering into a critical period of economic transition. The Labour Movement is committed to do more in areas that we have done well; and at the same time, do better in areas that will turn the pains of economic restructuring into gains for both our workers and businesses. And to make this happen, we must have a stronger and more pervasive tripartism.

TURNING PAINS INTO GAINS BY DOING MORE AND BETTER

Companies gain when their profits increase, and workers gain when their wages increase. Both gains must co-exist for the economic transition to succeed.

FOR ALL WORKERS

Both workers' and business's gains can be harmonised with the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) that comprises four ladders of wage, career, skills and productivity. With PWM, workers gain from higher wages and better career prospects; and companies gain from better skilled and more productive workers. These four ladders of PWM are mutually reinforcing ladders and should be tied together as an integrated whole.

Since last year, the NTUC Clusters have initiated PWM in several sectors such as transport and logistics, pre-school, hospitality, retail, marine, healthcare, cleaning, aviation, OPEC, as well as infocomm and media. We want to see MORE companies in MORE sectors implementing PWM as the next wage model for MORE workers. And to do it BETTER, we will be forming an NTUC PWM Expert Group to assist our affiliates and unionised companies on the adoption of PWM.

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