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HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

330,000 workers to benefit from NTUC's company training committees

CTCs will converge firms and worker interests as they undergo tech transformation.

NTUC’s Labour Movement will establish company training committees (CTCs) in 1,000 companies by 2022 where about 330,000 workers will benefit from trainings co-developed by unions, training providers and institutes of higher learning. Companies across all six Industry Transformation Map clusters including manufacturing, built environment, trade and connectivity, essential domestic services, professional services and lifestyle will be included in the scheme.

“The CTCs will converge company and worker interests and help the companies transform in tandem with worker training. We think that we can accelerate the acceptance of technology by workers… accelerate the adoption of technologies, and speed up training where company management and union can work together,” said NTUC secretary-general Ng Chee Meng.

In terms of wages, NTUC said that the Labour Movement is working closely with tripartite partners in further developing the Progressive Wage Model.

“Discussions on reviewing the retirement and re-employment age are also in the advanced stages with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF),” they noted.

Ng revealed that the Labour Movement has been re-inventing itself to better represent the changing workforce demographic and needs, including the formation of the Supply Chain Employees’ Union (SCEU) to represent workers of all levels in the logistics industry, the repositioning of the Singapore Bank Officers’ Association to become the Banking and Financial Services Union (BFSU). 

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