In recent years, Singapore's labour movement has made impressive progress in adapting to the changes in the labour market that have been driven by industry disruptions, more volatile economic cycles and technological change. Now, it's time for workers - both blue-collar and professionals - as well as employers to be more proactive in responding to these changes, working together with the labour movement.
Last November, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) took the transformational step of updating its constitution to formalise the fact that it represents not only rank-and-file workers, which has been its traditional mandate, but also professionals, managers and executives (PMEs), freelancers and the self-employed, as well as workers in small and medium-sized companies and even migrant workers. Thus, NTUC now reaches out to all categories of Singapore's workforce. It has also established an array of training institutions, facilities and partnerships to train, retrain and upskill workers to enable them to be "future ready". It also helps with job placements through career fairs, referrals and other initiatives.
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