Updated: 05/06/2014 02:12

NTUC nominates veteran union leader K Karthikeyan as NMP

K Karthikeyan

K Karthikeyan

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has nominated veteran union leader K Karthikeyan as Nominated Member of Parliament. 

His name has been submitted to the Special Select Committee of Parliament, which considers proposals submitted by the public. 

The committee may nominate up to nine people for appointment by the President as NMPs. 

The 54-year-old Mr Karthikeyan is Vice-President of the NTUC Central Committee and General Secretary of the United Workers of Petroleum Industry. 

He formed the Singapore Petrochemical Complex Employees' Union in 1986 and has been a union leader since. 

Mr Karthikeyan told us what he'll do if he's nominated as NMP. 

"In Singapore, the Gini Coefficient is quite wide, so I'm seriously looking at it how to improve the lower-end pay more so that they can match up with the rest and survive in the industry. Can we look at how much we can help? Is the training enough? Can they upgrade their skills to do better? Can they have some kind of attentiveness to make sure that they can go and study further?" 

For sandwich class, Mr Karthikeyan adds that he'll surface concerns that they are facing, such as the need for affordable transport and better work life balance. 

Mr Karthikeyan is the tenth union representative in 22 years to be nominated for appointment as an NMP.

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