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NTUC wants Employment Act to cover PMEs, more workers

Published on Nov 9, 2012 12:35 PM
 
The National Trades Union Congress has put forth to its tripartite partners its wishlist for the upcoming review of Singapore's main labour law, the Employment Act. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

The National Trades Union Congress has put forth to its tripartite partners its wishlist for the upcoming review of Singapore's main labour law, the Employment Act.

Among other things, NTUC wants at least half of Singapore's 630,000 resident professionals, managers and executives to be covered. Currently, managers and executives are only covered in that they can go to the Labour Court for salary claims - and only if they earn $4,500 or less.

NTUC also wants to raise the salary cap for workers in Part IV of the Act, which covers areas such as overtime, working hours, and annual leave. It now covers workmen earning up to $4,500 and non-workmen making up to $2,000. NTUC wants both caps, but especially the latter, to be raised.

Other suggestions, aimed at protecting vulnerable workers, include making written contracts and payslips mandatory and ensuring a minimum rest period between shifts for shift workers.