- Over 1,500 participants, including Special Guest Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, marked the nation’s 58th year of independence together -
At the Labour Movement National Day Observance Ceremony this year held at the Bird Paradise’s Sky Amphitheatre, over 1,500 union leaders, tripartite partners including Senior Minister of State for Manpower Dr Koh Poh Koon, NTUC staff and their family members gathered to partake in a national day observance ceremony, which included the singing of the National Anthem, recital of the National Pledge and national day-theme activities such as national day songs medleys and interactive quizzes which showcased historic landmarks. The event was also graced by Special Guest, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who took part in the celebrations and interacted with guests. During the event, he spoke on the importance of the Labour Movement’s work in uplifting workers through lifelong training, protecting vulnerable workers, and helping to ensure a better retirement for Singaporeans.
In her welcome address, NTUC President Mary Liew shared that this year’s National Day theme, “Onwards as One”, encapsulates the essence of unity, and that tripartism remains key to the Labour Movement as NTUC continues to champion the interests and welfare for every worker in Singapore.
NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng expressed appreciation to union leaders and staff for their contributions in uplifting the wages, welfare and work prospects for workers, and tripartite partners for their support. In his speech, Secretary-General Ng emphasised that championing workers from all walks of life remains our core mission, and the importance of forging new possibilities to keep up with the changing times so that every worker can thrive.
The National Day Observance Ceremony event ended on a high note with Bird Paradise’s headliner show, “Wings of the World” that featured an all-star cast of the park’s popular birds, which delighted the young and young-at-heart alike.
Pioneering workers' rights since 1961, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) unites 58 trade unions, seven trade associations, 12 social enterprises, and other enterprise partners as we create better lives for workers here in Singapore.