Updated: 05/01/2013 03:01

PM Lee urges workers to support leaders who care & work with them to secure a better future

PM Lee urges workers to support leaders who care & work with them to secure a better future

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged workers to support leaders who care for them, and work with them to secure a better future. 

In his May Day message, Mr Lee said making Singapore thrive cannot depend on the government alone. 

Workers, employers and unions too, have a part to play. 

Singapore's economy is in transition. 

It's focussing more on quality growth, and not rapidly expanding like it used to.

As the country enters a new phase of slower growth, the Prime Minister said it must continue to create opportunities, develop new capabilities and improve the lives of Singaporeans. 

And while the government will help Singaporeans and companies cope, Mr Lee Hens Loong called for support from tripartite partners. 

He said workers must value their jobs, and strive to upgrade and adapt to changing conditions. 

Companies too need to value workers and nurture a strong Singaporean core. 

Mr Lee called on employers to share the "fruits of success with their workers and the community, and strengthen the social compact". 

And unions, he said, must help their members adjust to the new landscape, and cooperate with employers to upgrade businesses, jobs and wages. 

This year's Budget saw several initiatives to help workers and businesses adapt. 

Among them - the $5.3 billion Transition Support Package to help businesses, raise productivity and rely less on foreign workers. 

The Wage Credit Scheme will help businesses manage rising wage costs. 

And for older and low wage workers, there's the improved Workfare scheme, that will raise incomes. 

The government is also reviewing its social policies especially in healthcare and housing. 

Mr Lee ended his message with a note of confidence, saying Singapore will succeed in its economic restructuring as it had done before. 

He acknowledge each transition is difficult, but each time, the prime minister said, Singapore emerged stronger. 

-By Saifulbahri Ismail 

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