Social enterprise hawkers at Our Tampines Hub get 5-day week under new contracts

Over a third of the hawkers at the Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub have opted to take two days off each week. Previously, they could take a day off only if they stayed open for 24 hours, six days a week.
Over a third of the hawkers at the Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub have opted to take two days off each week. Previously, they could take a day off only if they stayed open for 24 hours, six days a week.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

They feel relieved to have more flexibility under new rules, but say more can be done

More than one-third of the hawkers at the Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, one of Singapore's seven social enterprise hawker centres (SEHCs), have opted to take two full days off a week.

The option to work five days a week was given to the stallholders under new regulations to protect the interests of SEHC hawkers. Previously, they could take a day off only if they stayed open for 24 hours, six days a week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'Social enterprise hawkers get 5-day week'. Print Edition | Subscribe