New help centre for PMEs to access career and legal advice opens in CBD

Professionals, executives and managers (PMEs) may now access career and legal advice at the labour movement's new help centre at One Marina Boulevard.

The PME centre, which opened on Wednesday morning, is the second of its kind. The first one opened in January, at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability at Jurong East. It has seen about 20 cases so far, most of which were workplace grievances, said NTUC's assistant-general Patrick Tay.

Union members will have access to legal clinics and workplace advisory services among other things. Non-members are also welcome to visit the clinic but will have limited access to the services.

NTUC is also providing a lot of the same information on its new PME online portal at http://www.ntuc.org.sg/pme

NTUC PME's unit said it is reaching out to PMEs here as "changes to the Industrial Relations Act are expected soon".

Currently, unions are not allowed to represent both rank-and-file workers as well as PMEs due to a potential conflict of interest. Singapore has about 638,500 PMEs, which comprise 31.1 per cent of the resident workforce.

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