New centre and hotline to provide support for low-wage workers

A new one-stop centre to give local low-wage workers greater support and job placement opportunities was opened on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM
A new one-stop centre to give local low-wage workers greater support and job placement opportunities was opened on Thursday, Nov 7, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

A new one-stop centre to give local low-wage workers greater support and job placement opportunities was opened on Thursday.

NTUC's first U Care Centre, located at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability in Jurong East, will hold job fairs and social events, and inform workers about their employment rights and statutory benefits. Last year, there were close to 400,000 Singaporean low-wage workers here.

A toll-free hotline, 1800-255-2828, was also launched. Workers may call in to seek advice on workplace issues. The centre and hotline will be open during office hours and on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.

Director of NTUC's Unit for Contract and Casual Workers, Mr Zainal Sapari, said: "By stepping up our support efforts, we hope to be able to better the lives of even more low-wage workers and their families as we continue to champion fair employment and fair wages for them."