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Tripartite partners must stay united to help manage downtown

Posted on: April 28, 2009

Channel NewsAsia – Tuesday, April 28

SINGAPORE: The government, unions and employers must stay united and work together as a team to help Singapore overcome the current economic crisis, says Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong in his May Day message to workers.

Singapore workers are celebrating May Day this year in the midst of a global recession. Although higher unemployment and retrenchment are expected, Singaporeans can remain confident and adopt a positive attitude, says Mr Gan.

He says Singapore is entering the economic crisis from a position of strength and there are still job opportunities available with 45,000 jobs to be created in the next two years.

The strong tripartite relationship between employers, unions and the government will also stand Singapore in good stead.

Mr Gan said: “I believe that this recession also offers an opportunity for the tripartite partners to further strengthen our partnership so that we can emerge from this recession stronger, more resilient and more united.”

This is a sentiment echoed by the Singapore National Employers Federation — it says workers and employers must work together to manage costs as demand falls.

And the issue of managing costs will be up for discussion when the National Wages Council (NWC) meets in May.

President of the Singapore National Employers Federation, Stephen Lee, said: “Of course the whole subject of how to manage costs is something NWC will be looking at, how to manage costs to save jobs and minimise retrenchments.”

According to the employers’ federation president, his officials together with union leaders and also the manpower ministry have been meeting regularly to discuss ground feedback and also ways to tackle the challenges coming out of this global downturn.

Mr Lee also encourages employers and workers to have regular dialogues to look at ways to cut costs and save jobs.

– CNA/yt


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