Labour Management

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The role of the government on industrial relations is very important as it sets the legal framework that industrial relations operates in. Appropriate industrial relations legislation should recognize the requirements of both employers and employee’s. Both the employee and the employer want to profit from each other but are also reliant on each other. This means that the equal bargaining power of employers and workers must be recognized (Peetz, David. 2006). Appropriate industrial relations laws should address any imbalance of power and give both groups an equal degree of control. Appropriate industrial relations should not only allow a mixture of both collective and individual bargaining but also facilitate employee participation in day to day workplace decisions. After all it’s the structure and framework of the employment relationship, which is governed by legislation that leads to good Industrial Relations. Tripartism is a key competitive advantage for Singapore, underpinning its economic competitiveness, harmonious labour-management relations and overall progress of the nation. Some of the key tripartite concerns include issues such as job re-creation, raising the effective retirement age, skills training and upgrading of the workforce, promotion of fair employment practices, and a flexible wage system, among other things. The three main tripartite parterns are Ministry of Manpower, The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)The following are some of the active tripartite committees ("TriComs") and tripartite initiatives Singapore Tripartism Forum , National Wages Council, Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) , Tripartite Committee on Low-wage Workers and Inclusive Growth , Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers, Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy , Tripartite Workgroup on Enhancing Employment Choices for Women and Tripartite Panel on Community Engagement at Workplaces.The Ministry of Manpower aspires to develop a globally competitive workforce and a great workplace, for a cohesive society and a secure economic future for all Singaporeans. The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is a national confederation of trade unions in the industrial, service and public sectors representing over 500,000 workers in Singapore. NTUC comprises 62 affiliated unions, six affiliated taxi associations, 12 social enterprises and four related organisations. NTUC's objectives are to help Singapore stay competitive and workers remain employable for life; enhance the social status and well-being of workers; and build a strong, responsible and caring labour movement. NTUC's vision is to be an inclusive labour movement for all collars, all ages and all nationalities. The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) was established in 1980. SNEF is a trade union of employers dedicated to preserving industrial harmony and helping employers achieve excellence in employment practices, thereby enhancing productivity, competitiveness as well as the quality of their employees' work life. With the support of over 2,000 corporate members, SNEF is an active player in facilitating the tripartite partnership among the Government, employers and unions. The Singapore Tripartism Forum (STF), jointly set up by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), was launched on the 24th of January 2007, by Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong. The forum is designed to broaden, deepen and strengthen the spirit of tripartism through a more structured framework. The forum provides a platform for the tripartite partners - the Government, unions and employers - to table concerns and work together more effectively to overcome the complex economic challenges faced by Singapore today. The National Wages Council is a tripartite body comprising representatives from the three social partners - the...
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