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Key areas to tackle in protecting workers' rights

What's needed: Wider powers for new tribunal, compulsory mediation

Published on May 10, 2014 8:35 AM

Workers have much to cheer about of late and not just because of the annual Labour Day celebrations.

Their cause for cheer are two back-to-back announcements by the Manpower Ministry (MOM) which, when implemented, will be to their benefit.

The first is a proposal to set up a labour tribunal to help those caught in pay disputes with their employers. The tribunal will open its doors to all local employees, regardless of how much they earn.

The second concerns a mediation panel that now helps professionals, executives and managers (PMEs) who are union members resolve problems with their bosses. The MOM said the scope of the panel could be expanded to include rank-and-file workers, as well as those who earn more than the current $4,500 monthly salary cap.

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