Transport workers' union to better represent interests of professionals at ComfortDelGro

SINGAPORE - The National Transport Workers' Union (NTWU) will be working more closely with transport operator ComfortDelGro to better represent the interests of professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) at ComfortDelGro.

It signed a memorandum of agreement with ComfortDelGro on Tuesday (May 3) to form a PME branch at ComfortDelGro, the first such branch in the transport industry.

The pact details the areas in which the PME members will be represented - workplace protection, professional development and career progression, job placement, and membership privileges.

NTWU executive secretary Melvin Yong, also MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, announced the signing of the memorandum on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

He said: "This (memorandum) signing also kick starts the inaugural ComfortDelGro PME Week co-organised by NTWU and ComfortDelGro, where we bring various talks and workshops to our PME members on topics that will help them in their efforts to future-proof themselves."

He said the memorandum signing and the launch of the ComfortDelGro PME week were both considered "'firsts' in our transport industry".

In recent years, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has been pushing beyond its traditional working-class base and drawing more PMEs into its fold.

As at January 2015, around one in five PMEs in the resident labour force, or 285,000 people, were members of the labour movement. It aims to represent one in four eventually. NTWU is an affiliated union under NTUC.

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