SINGAPORE: Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan—Jin said in Parliament on Thursday that Singapore upholds principles stipulated by international labour conventions.
Mr Tan was replying to a question in Parliament from Member of Parliament for Chua Chu Kang GRC Alex Yam, who wanted to know if clauses under the International Labour Organisation Convention Number 94 have been included in public sector contracts for services during the pre—tender process.
The acting minister explained that Singapore adheres to such clauses, which require contractors and vendors to provide wages and employment conditions that are not less favourable than those established by law for similar work.
This includes compliance with the basic standards in labour laws such as the Employment Act and Central Provident Fund Act.
"From 1 April 2013, it will be mandatory for all government agencies to award new public contracts for cleaning and security services only to cleaning companies accredited under the National Environment Agency’s Enhanced Clean Mark Accreditation Scheme and security companies with an ’A’ or ’B’ grade by the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department. Such companies are expected to be able to deliver higher service standards, and have better trained workers who can earn progressively higher wages," said the acting minister.
Mr Tan gave the assurance the government enforces compliance by conducting regular random audits on companies.
In addition, he said that the government will continue to take the lead to shape responsible buyer behaviour.
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