May Day Awards 2023: NTUC to honour 44 companies for their outstanding role in promoting workers’ interests

NTUC will hold the annual May Day Awards ceremony on 22 May 2023.

By Shukry Rashid 12 May 2023
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NTUC will present 44 organisations and companies with May Day awards this year.

The annual NTUC May Day Awards honour distinguished individuals and organisations for championing workers’ interests and rights and contributing to the Labour Movement’s cause to improve workers’ wages, welfare and work prospects.

The Labour Movement said on 12 May 2023 that the awardees’ efforts have been instrumental in helping workers and companies take on challenges and seize opportunities in an ever-changing economic and socio-political world.

NTUC will hold the May Day Awards ceremony on 22 May 2023 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Dedication to improving workers’ welfare and employability

The 44 organisations will receive awards under the categories of the Plaque of Commendation (Star), Plaque of Commendation (Gold), Plaque of Commendation and Partner of Labour Movement.

NTUC said these organisations share a common dedication to promoting training and skills upgrading for workers, enhancing workers’ employability and employment, and improving employee welfare.

The organisations also exemplify the importance of tripartism, where employers, unions, and government agencies work together to create a fair and progressive environment for every worker to grow and thrive.

National University Hospital (NUH) will receive the Plaque of Commendation (Star) award among the organisation awardees. The hospital is nominated by NTUC and supported by the Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU).

NUH was among the first public healthcare institutions to form a Company Training Committee (CTC) with the NTUC in 2019. It is also committed to providing its staff with the necessary resources to upskill and increase their employability.

NTUC said it is proud to recognise organisations that have stepped up to ensure workers are supported along different career stages through efforts such as CTCs or embarking on Operation and Technology Roadmaps (OTR).

The support ensures workers progress in tandem with business transformation while adopting age-friendly practices to retain and attract older workers.

NUH also works closely with HSEU to provide mental well-being education to staff to be mentally resilient in handling the rigours of a transformed healthcare environment.

Singapore Airlines Limited, YTL PowerSeraya Pte Limited, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Shell Companies in Singapore will receive the Plaque of Commendation (Gold) award for consistent and long-term efforts towards promoting and supporting the Labour Movement.

Inclusive age-friendly practices

Plaque of Commendation awardees, Cominco Pte Ltd and NetLink Trust, have adopted inclusive age-friendly practices.

Meanwhile, Partner of Labour Movement awardee Grenadier Press has also increased its internal retirement age to 70, which is beyond Singapore’s legal requirement of 63. The move allows older workers to continue contributing to the labour market.

Plaque of Commendation awardee Sun City Maintenance formed a CTC in 2019 and has since invested in worksite technology to increase workers’ productivity and minimise their manual workload.

Partner of Labour Movement awardee Oriental Remedies Group participated in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Industry Sectorial OTR to attract and retain TCM practitioners.

The company also supports flexible work arrangements, work-life harmony, and anti-workplace harassment policies.

Here is the list of all 44 organisations receiving the May Day Awards 2023.