TL; DR – NTUC wants to know what are your working needs and aspirations through their #EveryWorkersMatters Conversations
Singapore’s employee job satisfaction is 13% lower that the global employee job satisfaction average of 62%, based on Qualtric’s 2021 Global Employee Pulse report.
The #EveryWorkersMatters Conversations, organized by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and launched by Secretary General, Ng Chee Meng on Thursday (August 11), couldn’t have come at a better time.
NTUC targets to reach out to at least 20,000 workers in Singapore to understand their concerns, priorities, and aspirations. The #EveryWorkerMatters Conversations involves workers of all ages and sectors, including but not limited to white-collar and blue-collar workers. Self-employed and gig workers will also be involved as NTUC holds an interest in protecting them.
Converse? For what?
Mr Ng said: “We also want to hear what each of us as working people are willing to give up to achieve our goals at work. What roles we foresee our employers, unions and government playing – today, tomorrow and the years ahead. And what values should guide how we evolve Singapore’s social compact around work and employment.”
This exercise hopes to gather findings that would steer NTUC to contribute relevant recommendations to the Forward Singapore exercise, a national year-long engagement exercise led by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, which aims to refresh Singapore’s social compact.
Beyond the challenges we are facing today like inflation and concerns around mental well-being, NTUC recognizes other challenges like low birth rate and an ageing population. The latter shows the shift in Singapore’s demographics and workforce profile, with it comes different needs and aspirations as the workforce goes through different stages of their life while facing uncertainties in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world.
Mr Ng acknowledged that it will be a “very difficult” conversation as employees and employers each has valid but different concerns. But he stresses that “It will involve all of us putting in our best thinking, best efforts and at some level, some compromises to see how we want to forge a worker’s compact forward.”
A letter to the working people of Singapore!
Have a burning concern or a brilliant recommendation? Share it on NTUC’s #EveryWorkersMatters Conversations here.
Mr Ng Chee Meng also penned a letter to the working people of Singapore! You can view the video version of the letter here.