By Kay del Rosario
At the Budget Debate in Parliament on 1 March 2022, NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Melvin Yong called for the introduction of mandatory unit pricing for supermarkets to provide transparency for consumers.
Mr Yong also appealed to supermarkets to absorb the GST increase on house brand items, which can
As consumer trends shift to e-commerce, accelerated by the pandemic, Mr Yong also suggests it would be helpful to onboard heartland merchants and hawkers onto a major e-marketplace.
He said: “Our heartland shops are an important part of our social fabric. As we transform our economy and chart our way in the post-pandemic future, we must ensure that our heartland shops will continue to remain part of our Singapore Story.”
Mr Yong was heartened by the partnership between
of raising workers’ wages.
“Competition for jobs can now come from “digital nomads” working from any corner of the globe, as long as the candidate has the right skills, a computer, and an internet connection,” he said.
Mr Yong urged the Government to study this trend and review if existing labour policies remain relevant.
encouraged all companies to work with NTUC to create and implement training programmes to upskill and reskill workers effectively.
touched on workplace burnout, “a real but often invisible threat to the wellbeing of workers.”
He noted that the Government has worked closely with the Labour Movement on various initiatives, like the Tripartite Advisory on Mental Well-being at Workplaces in November 2020, which provides guidance on after-hours work communications.
And soon, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council will introduce a new workplace mental health category at this year’s WSH Awards.
Mr Yong suggested that more could be done, especially in the area of
“I urge the ministries and government agencies to lead by promulgating clear directives on after-hours work communications for staff,” he said.