Engaging 20,000 workers and beyond
The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) launched its #EveryWorkerMatters Conversations on 11 August 2022, a year-long exercise aimed at gathering findings and producing recommendations to the Government on (i) the key enablers that will help workers succeed in their careers, (ii) the assurances needed for workers across all life stages and (iii) the protections needed for vulnerable workers.
Varied methods, diverse demography
Beyond just setting a conservative goal of 20,000 workers for engagement, NTUC aims to tap on different channels and methods of collecting feedback and ideas – such as surveys for those who prefer not to give feedback face-to-face, focus group discussions, engagements at institutes of higher learning from ITEs (Institutes of Technical Education), polytechnics and universities.
The minimal goal of 20,000 will cover workers of different ages and occupations. It would also engage employers, government policymakers and NTUC’s partner organizations. NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng said that the number was a “conservative” one, and his team at NTUC will spare no effort to reach out to as many workers as possible within the year-long exercise. He also said that NTUC will be most happy if it can reach beyond 20,000 workers, or even 40,000 workers.
Working together with the Government
NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng said that the findings and recommendations from the #EveryWorkerMatters conversations will be released in mid-2023 and will involve working with 4G leaders of the Government through the Forward Singapore exercise. He emphasized, however, that NTUC’s engagement efforts are independent from the engagement efforts of the Forward Singapore exercise.
Letter to the workers of Singapore
NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng also spoke wholeheartedly to appeal to workers to join NTUC in its move to refresh the workers’ compact. You can view the video here.
As part of the Conversations, NTUC has began engaging youths as of late July 2022. Join the NTUC and give your thoughts and ideas on work. Visit the #EveryWorkerMatters Conversations here.
A young Singaporean concerned about issues workers face. As humans, we spend a third of our lives sleeping and recharging, and another third for our personal life, and the last third at work (based on a 24-hr distribution). That’s why we should pay attention to issues surrounding work.