SINGAPORE: NTUC is starting a S$500,000 grant to encourage more employers to implement family-friendly practices.
The U Flex Family-Friendly Grant will help companies defray the cost of implementing initiatives allowing working parents and caregivers to manage responsibilities at work and home.
The grant was announced at the Labour Movement's May Day Family Fiesta on Saturday.
Some 45,000 members and their families attended the event at Downtown East.
They were treated to a fun-filled day of activities and performances.
Labour chief Lim Swee Say joined in the fiesta, which rounds off a month of celebrations for May Day.
The event is part of the labour movement's commitment to work-life harmony, which is the main aim of the new grant.
NTUC is targeting 50 companies to come on-board as early adopters of the pilot project.
More details on the U Flex Family-Friendly Grant will be announced at a later date.
Toh Hwee Tin, director of NTUC U Family, said: "Back in 2013, NTUC U Family released a survey that showed more than 60 per cent of working caregivers struggle with their time – which means the time to fulfil their obligations at home and at work.
“In that survey it also showed that more than 70 per cent of the workers, working caregivers do not have eldercare or family care leaves to help them manage their time and work at their workplace." - CNA/nd
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