WP’s Labour Day Message

What is the relevance of Labour Day today? The concept of labour is undergoing a radical shift. Industry 4.0 and rapid technological advances are overturning established industries and disrupting the workplace. The future is unfurling at breakneck speed.

It is critical that we support the workers of today and tomorrow as they navigate these winds of change. Our education system, job placement programs, training eco-system and labour market policies should be strong enablers of an adaptable, competitive and resilient workforce.

The roll-out of the 23 Industry Transformation Roadmaps (ITMs) has been a signature policy development of 2018. While innovation, capability building and partnerships figure prominently as objectives, the ITMs must also aggressively accommodate the training, placement and hiring of Singaporeans. With retraining and skills upgrading a national mantra since the late 1970s, the dominance of Singaporeans for the jobs of today and tomorrow must rank as an important collateral objective of the ITMs.

Yesterday’s issues however, remain. There are expectations – correctly so – on unions, parliamentarians and the Government to support and protect Singaporean workers.The problems of discrimination in the workforce continue to rear their ugly head. The announcement at the Committee of Supply debate this year of an increase in the number of “triple weak” companies – those that unfairly favour foreigners in their hiring practices – prejudice the Singapore worker. More significantly, such unfair hiring practices damage our national solidarity and weaken commitment to Singapore.

Labour Day in Singapore is not any public holiday. It is a moment of pause and reflection. The Workers’ Party wants to see the Singaporean worker at the centre of today’s and tomorrow’s economy and will pursue this agenda in Parliament.

 

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7 Responses to “WP’s Labour Day Message”

  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    The average Singaporean worker is not growing any younger. Many may not be well equipped to meet the challenges and demands of the 21st century. The onus is on the government to ensure that workers remain competitive and relevant in a global economy vis-a-vis the use of IT and IA. The PAP is negligent if it fails to provide a safety net for our workers. Labour Day will take on greater significance with each passing year as the work-force ages.

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  • Need more than safety net:

    Titiana Ann Xavier:
    The average Singaporean worker is not growing any younger. Many may not be well equipped to meet the challenges and demands of the 21st century. The onus is on the government to ensure that workers remain competitive and relevant in a global economy vis-a-vis the use of IT and IA. The PAP is negligent if it fails to provide a safety net for our workers. Labour Day will take on greater significance with each passing year as the work-force ages.

    Singaporeans need more than a “safety net”. What is more important is a level playing field for jobs in Singapore. Exempting foreigners from CPF makes them more attractive (cheaper) to hire than Singaporean. Singaporeans “safety net” is driving cabs or driving for GRAB.

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  • LIONS:

    In $in City,it shud br called *LABOURERS’ DAY*.
    The FEUDAL LORD$ will make sure till LABOURERS WORK TILL YOU DROP DEAD!

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  • Govt all talk & no action:

    Govt is all talk and no action. If our education system is so good and future looking, anticipating the needs of the future economy, then why are so many local graduates under-employed, or not able to find suitable jobs ? Many have to resort to driving PHVs to put 2 meals on the table. Our education system have failed big time !!! We even lose out to third-rate Indian university graduates. Really malu ah !!!

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  • Wow Lan Jeow!:

    There is nothing the people

    1. want to do about it.
    2. dare to do about it.
    3. know what to do about it.

    Hopeless case lah singaporeans!

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  • N.Jungne:

    NTUC is transforming into a social club fot the Uniform Groups like Safra

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  • Moby:

    My messsage for labour day will
    Be,-good luck to all.

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