With close to half of Singapore’s resident workforce made up of women, the Labour Movement remains committed to groom women union leaders for the future so that they, in turn, can be a stronger voice for working women’s concerns and aspirations.
“We need to build workplaces that nurture and groom women for leadership roles. And most importantly, we shall raise women union leaders of the future!” – NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng at the “Let’s March – Leaders’ Assembly 2019”, organized by NTUC Women’s Committee, held on 12 March 2019, Tuesday
The Labour Movement will leverage the strong tripartite partnerships in transforming more workplaces into a family-friendly environment with its ongoing effort to lobby for Flexible Work Arrangements and Caregiving Support.
As Singapore faces a tighter labor force, every worker matter, especially so if women are working, Mr. Ng added
“Union leaders have helped to secure more support for women over the years, such as childcare facilities for working mothers.”
Mr. Ng also cited the NTUC Women’s Program, which helped women re-enter the workplace via training, skills upgrading and pushing for jobs closer to their homes.
The event was graced by President Halimah Yacob, in her opening address, President Halimah highlighted the importance of female union leaders in a time of technological disruption: “There will be increasing numbers of women PMEs (professionals, managers, and executives) in the workforce, and the unions’ biggest challenge will be to reach out to them and engage them meaningfully.
President Halimah also highlighted that women trade union leaders, alongside their male counterparts, had played an essential role in making the workplace a fairer and just place for all workers.
President Halimah encouraged employees to adopt telecommuting and other flexible work arrangements. She also suggested that families share caregiving responsibilities at home to support the initiatives placed by employers and government.
GUYS, remember that caregiving to your father, mother, children is not the sole responsibility of your wife hor. Play your part so that your wife can also develop a meaningful career.
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