Look to Swiss for lessons in worker welfare: DPM Heng

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat at the 49th St Gallen Symposium in Switzerland, on May 9, 2019.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat at the 49th St Gallen Symposium in Switzerland, on May 9, 2019. PHOTO: ST. GALLEN SYMPOSIUM/YOUTUBE

Wrapping up a five-day work trip to Switzerland, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said Singapore companies can learn from their Swiss counterparts when it comes to workers' welfare.

Even as firms there ramp up automation and change their business models, they remain committed to training workers, he said.

Two other things left a deep impression on Mr Heng during his visit: how seriously Swiss companies take productivity, innovation and technology, as well as how willing they are to collaborate in areas where they have common problems to solve.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2019, with the headline 'Look to Swiss for lessons in worker welfare: DPM'. Print Edition | Subscribe