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Singapore renews deal to improve labour, workplace practices

The International Labour Organisation and Ministry of Manpower will collaborate on activities in areas such as productivity, occupational safety and health.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) renewed its partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Tuesday (June 10) to improve labour and workplace practices in Southeast Asia.

MOM said the new two-year agreement would see both parties collaborate on activities in the areas of productivity, occupational safety and health, tripartism and social dialogue. These activities would include the sharing of information and good practices, research, fellowships, study visits and workshops.

The agreement would support the realisation of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Community (AEC), the ministry stated.

During a speech at the International Labour Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, said of the partnership: "Singapore's efforts to create better and safer workplaces, create better jobs, and achieve sustainable wage increases for our workers is fully aligned with the ILO's objective of providing decent work for all."

Mr Tan added that Singapore will continue to work closely with ILO, social partners and fellow ASEAN member states to promote decent work in the region.

The first partnership between MOM and ILO was inked in June 2011.

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