NTUC network sets new goal to unionise more SMEs

The labour movement hopes to unionise 50 to 100 such firms by end of next year, says director.

Mr Lawrence Chai, founder and director of 3E Accounting, with (from left) the firm's consultant Dorothy Soh, digital marketing executive Sng Qi Wen and human resources executive Ho Li Fui. The firm became unionised last month and is sponsoring NTUC m
Mr Lawrence Chai, founder and director of 3E Accounting, with (from left) the firm's consultant Dorothy Soh, digital marketing executive Sng Qi Wen and human resources executive Ho Li Fui.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT

Workers from some smaller firms will enjoy more benefits and bargaining power while their employers can look forward to more help in managing transformation and resolving disputes.

After years of unionising mainly large companies and multinationals, the labour movement has now set its sights on a new "greenfield" - small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which employ about 70 per cent of Singapore's workforce.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2019, with the headline 'Labour movement sets new goal to unionise more SMEs'. Print Edition | Subscribe