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Updated: 04/27/2013 10:49 | By Channel NewsAsia

NTUC president hints at possibility of new unions

NTUC president hints at possibility of new unions


NTUC president hints at possibility of new unions

SINGAPORE: President of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Diana Chia has hinted at the possibility of forming new unions in sectors where membership is low.

In her May Day message, she noted how NTUC membership grew from 680,000 to over 700,000 last year.

Ms Chia said unions and union membership remain the best safeguard of workers' interests at the workplace.

As Singapore goes through an economic transition over the next few years, the labour movement must focus on achieving better real wages for all, with special attention on lower-income workers, she said.

At the same time, employers, unions and workers need to work together to make the changes happen, Ms Chia added.

She said: “We must also ensure that as our Singaporean workforce ages, mature workers are given every chance to be gainfully and fairly employed.

“At the same time, we recognise that foreign workers will always be needed to supplement our workforce. But let us ensure that the value and contribution of every foreign worker is maximised, to reduce our overall reliance on foreign labour." - CNA/jc

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