Kee chiu if you think having Unemployment Support is important!
Last year in October 2021, the PME taskforce, which was set up by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers’ Federation (SNEF), released a 60-page report which consists of the key concerns and challenges faced by professionals, managers, and executives (PMEs).
They also put up 9 recommendations to the Gahmen. These 9 recommendations are aimed at shaping policies that can better support and protect PMEs.
Amongst the 9 recommendations, the Gahmen has already responded to 8 of them liao.
The 1 outstanding one is Unemployment Support, which NTUC is still pushing and fighting for.
MOM says they are looking into it
On 2 November, Manpower Minister Tan See Leng said that the Gahmen has heard NTUC’s calls for unemployment support for workers and is currently looking at how it can better support those displaced.
He was speaking at an engagement session at the Star Vista, which was part of Forward Singapore’s Empower Pillar.
The event had more than 60 PMEs attending. And these PMEs were engaged through focus group discussions and a dialogue session with Dr Tan and NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng.
In his speech, Dr Tan said that as the global economy becomes more volatile and as the pace of disruption increases, Singapore can expect more frequent employment, curveballs, and employment shocks.
He added that usually, the lower-income households will kena more jialat jialat from these shocks because they often have the least savings buffers to tide them through.
Noting that NTUC has reflected this as one of the key concerns of their workers, he said that the Gahmen has heard this and that they understand and empathise with the workers.
“We are now looking very carefully at how to provide better support to displaced workers,” he said.
IS IT MEANS THERE WILL BE GOOD NEWS COMING???
We sit back and wait ok.
The #EveryWorkerMatters Conversations
In case you don’t know, on top of fighting for Unemployment Support for the workers, NTUC is also actively engaging workers through their #EveryWorkerMatters Conversations exercise, to better understand workers’ concerns and aspirations around work.
This one-year-long public engagement exercise will allow NTUC to understand workers’ concerns, priorities, and aspirations across a broad spectrum of life stages and socio-economic statuses.
After engaging workers of different collars, by mid-2023, NTUC will release its findings and recommendations to the Gahmen. NTUC will achieve this by working with 4G leaders and policymakers through the Gahmen’s Forward Singapore exercise.
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