Labour Movement will reach out to freelancers, contract workers: Chan Chun Sing

March 23, 201610:07 am397 views

The Labour Movement will reach out to freelancers and contract workers, who have grown in numbers as employment patterns change, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing said on Tuesday (Mar 22).

Speaking on the sidelines of a remembrance ceremony for founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Chan said the Labour Movement must keep pace with the aspirations of a new generation.

Besides professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) and those working in small and medium enterprises, NTUC also needs to do more to protect the interests of freelancers. Mr Chan said more details will be given during the May Day Rally.

“In fact, we have started this work some time back. Whether it is school sports coaches, or some of the Uber drivers, they also require new forms of services to take care of their interests and protect their interests. So indeed the Labour Movement has evolved new models to help them even though they are not technically union members. But they are our associate partners, and through the new partnership we want to make sure we can take care of them,” Mr Chan said.

On behalf of NTUC, Mr Chan also received an artillery shell casing from the 21-gun salute at the late Mr Lee’s State Funeral. It had been given to Mr G Muthukumarasamy, a unionist who delivered a eulogy for Mr Lee at the funeral.

Mr G Muthukumarasamy, General Secretary at the Amalgamated Union of Public Daily Rated Workers, decided to gift the artillery shell casing from the 21-gun salute to the late Mr Lee that he had received to NTUC. (Photo: Calvin Hui)

Mr Muthukumarasamy donated the casing to NTUC.

NTUC President Mary Liew and Labour chief Chan Chun Sing receiving the shell casing from Mr Muthukumarasamy. (Photo: Calvin Hui)

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