The Straits Times
Published on Dec 28, 2012

Workplace safety and health, labour relations to be improved: Tan Chuan-Jin


With the year ahead "likely to be challenging", Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin has highlighted areas for improvement, from strengthening industrial relations to growing productivity.

In a post on the ministry's blog on Friday, Mr Tan said 2012 was "a reasonably decent year", with real incomes growing nearly 1 per cent after accounting for inflation, high employment, and improved laws.

But there is still room for improvement, he added, "such as the areas of workplace safety and health, labour relations and how we look after the more vulnerable workers in our midst, including low wage workers, foreign workers and foreign domestic workers".

Government efforts in the year ahead include continued support for firms who want to innovate, greater job-matching efforts, and a review of the Workfare scheme which tops up the income of low-wage workers.