This Collective will commission research studies, organise open dialogues and cross-sharing sessions, and regular engagements and capability development programmes.

- With inputs by Lester Tan.

Singapore's Minister for Manpower, Dr Tan See Leng, has announced the set-up of a new platform that aims to bring together the tripartite community to exchange ideas on issues faced by the workforce and employers, and foster a shared understanding on such issues.

Known as The Tripartite Collective, it a membership-based set-up comprising members from tripartite partners as well as representatives from the academic, legal and media communities .

This Collective will commission research studies, organise open dialogues and cross-sharing sessions, and regular engagements and capability development programmes. "This will allow us to foster a better in a shared understanding on the role and importance of the tripartism in Singapore. I encourage our tripartite partners, the tripartite alliance award recipients, and human capital partners to support this very meaningful initiative," shared Dr Tan.

The Tripartite Collective will be supported by Temasek Foundation and the tripartite partners - Ministry of Manpower, National Trades Union Congress, and Singapore National Employers Federation.

Dr Tan announced this in his speech at the Tripartite Alliance Award 2021 held today (Monday, 16 August 2021), organised by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) and attended virtually by Human Resources Online.

Conferred by the tripartite partners, the Tripartite Alliance Award recognises organisations that have effectively implemented fair, responsible and progressive employment practices. This year's award recipients include OCBC Bank, Ministry Holdings, Raffles Hotel, and more, across the following categories:

  • Age Inclusive Practices
  • Fair and Progressive Employment Practices
  • Responsible Best Sourcing
  • Work-Life Excellence

In his opening speech at the award ceremony, Stephen Lee, Chairman, Tripartite Alliance Limited, shared: "This round, our award winners continue to press ahead with their progressive employment practices, even when faced with the challenges of COVID-related disruptions. Some took effort to retain and upskill their employees during this period. Others listened to their employees and gave them flexibility in work arrangements and put in place mental wellbeing programmes to help them cope better.

"These are valuable reminders that fair and progressive employment practices are important. And not just for good times, but also in challenging times."

Separately, Sheela Parakkal, Chief HR Officer of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, which won the award for Age-Inclusive Practices, said: "We are honoured to be recognised for our proactive efforts at implementing fair, responsible and progressive employment practices. These practices are anchored in our organisation’s purpose of helping people to get the most out of life. We want to inspire and help our employees to remain engaged, productive and healthy, which in turn helps them live well for longer and makes them better prepared for longevity.

"In addition to fulfilling our organisation’s purpose, we strongly believe that age-inclusive practices will have a strong impact on our organisational performance in the long-term. With an ageing workforce, our employee value proposition attracts older, high performing employees and allows us to tap on their wealth of experience. We are also better able to retain mature workers, which in turn helps ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace."

Photo / Provided [Pictured: Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng]

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