3 out of 4 caregivers lack eldercare leave: Poll
The National Trades Union Congress yesterday shared findings of a new survey which showed that more than three-quarters of working caregivers here do not enjoy eldercare leave.
That is why one of the labour movement's long-term goals is to push for family-care leave to be made law, said NTUC assistant secretary-general Cham Hui Fong.
She said: "In this ageing workforce... I think there's a need for us to re-examine the leave schemes we have, to see how we can reconfigure them so that they are more inclusive, and you can take care of employees with young families, and those with old families."
Speaking on the sidelines of an NTUC family event yesterday, she said in the short term, NTUC aims to have half of the unionised companies here providing flexible work arrangements or leave structures by 2015. This could include expanding the scope of existing leave categories - such as compassionate or critical-illness leave when family members die or are in intensive care - to also cover looking after dependants who require medical attention.