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Three-pronged way to boost productivity: Swee Say

Demand for labour in less productive sectors hindering drive, says minister

Published on Aug 29, 2014 9:18 AM
 
Labour-intensive sectors which have not raised their game are a big reason the productivity drive has struggled to gain momentum in the past two years, labour chief Lim Swee Say said yesterday. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Labour-intensive sectors which have not raised their game are a big reason the productivity drive has struggled to gain momentum in the past two years, labour chief Lim Swee Say said yesterday.

Sectors such as construction and food services are not only lagging behind in productivity levels but are also increasing their share of the total workforce.

These two factors have combined to pull down overall productivity growth, which has been weak over the past few years, said Mr Lim, who is secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

"If the demand for manpower, both local and foreign, in these less productive sectors continues to outpace that of more productive sectors, it will not serve the interests of our workers, and will continue to impede our effort to improve national productivity."

 
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