Labour chief Chan Chun Sing lays out NTUC's achievements and challenges

Labour chief Chan Chun Sing set out challenges which NTUC will have to deal with in the next four years.
Labour chief Chan Chun Sing set out challenges which NTUC will have to deal with in the next four years.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - A total of 616 unionised companies are re-employing workers until the age of 67, ahead of formal legislation, labour chief Chan Chun Sing said on Monday.

The progressive wage model, which the labour movement has championed, has also benefited more than 100,000 workers in 300 unionised companies, Mr Chan said in his report as the secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

Some 18,000 professionals, managers and executives found jobs through the Employment and Employability Institute and the U PME Centres since these opened in 2013 and 2014 respectively, while close to 170,000 received training.

Mr Chan shared these achievements of the last four years at the National Delegates' Conference at Downtown East on Monday. Unionists at the three-day event will discuss plans for the next four years, and on Thursday will elect their new central committee leaders.

Mr Chan also set out challenges which NTUC will have to deal with in the next four years such as a more volatile business environment, greater technology adoption in jobs and changing aspirations of workers. It will also need to continue building on the level of trust in its three-way partnership with the Government and employers.

NTUC will need to look at "how do we prepare our workers to be future ready, so that their skill sets are not just relevant today but their skill sets are also relevant tomorrow, and that their networks built up are not just for that particular industry but also beyond".

"So that our workers can continue to form one of the most competitive workforces in the whole world and we can continue to attract the investment for people to want to do business with us, so that we can continue to create good jobs to allow our workers to continue to have salary increases year after year, so that they can better take care of their families."