Eligible freelance & self-employed workers infected with Covid-19 to get up to $200 from NTUC

Eligible freelance & self-employed workers infected with Covid-19 to get up to $200 from NTUC

Freelancers and self-employed workers who are eligible members or affiliated to the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) can now receive a one-time relief payout of up to $200 if they are tested positive for Covid-19.

Should more protection be given to Self-Employed Person and freelancers like our delivery riders?

In a Facebook post on Thursday (11 November), NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng said that amidst the struggles of workers whose livelihoods have been impacted by Covid-19, he hopes that this temporary relief scheme “will go a little way in helping” them.

To qualify for the relief assistance:

  • Individuals must be a fully paid member of NTUC Freelancers and Self-Employed (UFSE) or NTUC-affiliated groups such as the National Delivery Champions Association, National Instructors and Coaches Association, National Private Hire Vehicles Association, National Taxi Association and Visual, Audio, Creative Content Professionals Association (Singapore).
  • Individual must be a fully paid member either on or before 30 September 2021.
  • Members must provide proof of their first antigen rapid test (ART) positive result or Covid-19 test result showing that they have contracted the virus between 11 October and 31 December 2021.
  • Valid proof includes showing a date and time-stamped photo of their first test kit showing the applicant’s positive result together with his or her photo ID.

NTUC advises applicants who test ART-positive to apply after 10 days in the event their initial self-isolation period extends beyond 72 hours. Those who have been isolated for four days or more will need to show an electronic discharge memo from the Ministry of Health.

The relief application must reach the association no later than 30 calendar days from the date of the first test result.

You may refer to the screenshot below on how the money will be disbursed:

Say real one, $200 may not be a lot lah, but better than nothing tio bo?

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