Labour movement launches competition to find pro-family companies

The labour movement has launched a competition to identify the best companies for working mothers.

The competition, organised by the NTUC Women's Development Secretariat (WDS) and the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP), invites employees to nominate their employers for the award.

They can submit stories on how their employer helped them achieve work-life harmony. Employees will fill in questionnaires and interviews will be conducted with the companies before judges decide on the winning firms in June.

NTUC WDS director, Ms Sylvia Choo, said that the organisation will "continue to work with employers towards enhancing their flexibility programmes".

"This will go a long way in attracting more women back to the workforce and also retaining the existing workforce," she said.

The competition was launched on Saturday morning at a carnival at Downtown East to celebrate International Women's Day.

Speaking at the event, NTUC president Diana Chia said that the labour force participation rate of women aged 25 to 64 is 71 per cent and she hoped that "we will continue to see the figure increase further".

"To encourage more women to return to work, or even to keep working women in the workforce, we have to be mindful of their needs, and one such critical factor is the availability of flexi-work options for them to be able to spend more time with the family while fulfilling their career ambitions," she added.

The morning event gathered about 2,500 participants and featured activities including a mass walk, workshops and a job fair organized by WDS and the e2i (Employment and Employability Institute).