Labour chief Chan Chun Sing lays out NTUC's plans for the next four years

National Trades Union Congress secretary-general Chan Chun Sing outlining to the media the labour movement's plan for the next four years, after discussions by some 800 union leaders at a conference at Downtown East.
National Trades Union Congress secretary-general Chan Chun Sing outlining to the media the labour movement's plan for the next four years, after discussions by some 800 union leaders at a conference at Downtown East.ST PHOTO: JOANNA SEOW

SINGAPORE - The labour movement's key focus for the next four years will be on maintaining a strong tripartite relationship with the government and employers, and on engaging union members and other workers, said labour chief Chan Chun Sing on Wednesday.

It will also prioritise the development of the younger union leaders and helping workers gain relevant skills, he said, outlining a 12-point action plan for the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).

The plan was drawn up after discussions by some 800 union leaders on the second day of a National Delegates Conference at Downtown East.

The unions will also work on growing their membership base towards 1 million, a target set 10 years ago, and building the cohesiveness of the NTUC network. Among the other action areas lined up are collaborating with more associations of freelance workers to better protect their employment rights, and stepping up the work of the social enterprises such as NTUC Health, NTUC FirstCampus, NTUC Foodfare and Unity Pharmacy.

More details will be released in the coming months, said Mr Chan, who is NTUC secretary-general.

"Ultimately, through our (four-year plan), we are working to give workers peace of mind. We want to ensure that they are well taken care of, so that they can focus on enjoying their work," he said at a media conference after the day's proceedings.