The NTUC’s Job Security Council has placed over 32,000 new employees

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To date, the National Trades Union Congress’s (NTUC) Job Security Council has assisted over 32,000 people in finding new positions, according to labour leader Ng Chee Meng (Aug 5).
Since the beginning of the year, when Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat last updated the plan, around 4,000 people have been matched with employment.
The council, established in February of last year, assists displaced employees or those on the verge of losing their employment in finding new occupations or obtaining temporary secondments. Last year, at the height of the epidemic, most of these people were placed in new jobs.
The council’s network currently includes over 10,000 businesses, up from 4,000 when it first began. In a National Day address, Mr. Ng emphasized three categories of employees who are “still reeling from the pandemic’s long-term impacts” and require further assistance. Lower-wage workers, freelancers, and PMEs (professionals, managers, and executives) are all included.
He said the NTUC is trying to speed up the expansion of the progressive wage model for lower-paid employees to improve salaries, welfare, and job prospects. He also lauded the efforts of the Tripartite Workgroup on Lower-Wage Workers, saying he eagerly awaits their recommendations. The organization has stated that it is exploring all options, including adding a minimum wage to the progressive pay model, as long as such measures do not harm workers in the long run.
Mr. Ng also stated that the NTUC aspires to represent freelancers and formally advocate on their behalf.

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