Singapore has formed a tripartite workgroup (TWG-LWW) to examine ways to uplift wages and well-being of lower-wage workers. Chaired by Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Manpower, the Workgroup comprises employer and union representatives led respectively by Douglas Foo, Vice President, Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and Dr Koh Poh Koon, Deputy Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC).
The Ministry of Manpower said to further strengthen efforts in uplifting lower-wage workers, the Tripartite Partners recognise the need to come together to holistically examine lower-wage worker issues. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a refreshed consensus on the way forward for workers and businesses will ensure that lower-wage workers can emerge stronger together with the rest of Singapore.
The TWG-LWW will consult extensively with unions, employers and other key stakeholders, as well as engage widely to get a good representation of views from society. The TWG-LWW aims to provide an interim update by mid-2021, and to complete its work by 1Q2022.