NTUC Deputy Sec-Gen welcomes deadline to raise age ceiling for hiring older workers

December 16, 20142:03 pm304 views
NTUC Deputy Sec-Gen welcomes deadline to raise age ceiling for hiring older workers
NTUC Deputy Sec-Gen welcomes deadline to raise age ceiling for hiring older workers

SINGAPORE: NTUC Deputy Secretary-General Heng Chee How welcomed the news by Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin that there will be a new law by 2017 legislating the re-hiring of older workers from the present age of 65, to 67.

The labour movement has been “pushing vigorously” with the tripartite partners to raise the age ceiling, and it is “good” that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has now set a deadline, said Mr Heng in a Facebook post on Monday (Dec 15).

“I urge employers to quickly do whatever is necessary to re-employ their workers beyond 65, and not just let time slip past,” he wrote.

Mr Heng also called on the Government to “do its utmost” to incentivise employers to do so, not only in wage cost, but also in redesigning jobs, updating skills and health maintenance. It should encourage older workers to continue contributing their efforts and experience too, he added.

“We must make this a success,” he stressed.

The employment rate for older workers has steadily increased over the years, from 57 per cent in 2009 to 65 per cent in 2013. Last year, 99 per cent of private-sector local employees who turned 62 were offered re-employment.

 

news source & image credits: channelnewsasia.com

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