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What is tripartism

Tripartism in Singapore refers to the collaboration among unions, employers and the Government. The tripartite partners are the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF).

Tripartism in Singapore

Tripartism refers to the collaboration among unions, employers and the government. It is a key competitive advantage for Singapore. Tripartism has helped boost Singapore’s economic competitiveness, promoted harmonious labour-management relations and contributed to Singapore’s overall progress.

The key tripartite issues include:

  • Job re-creation
  • Raising the effective retirement age
  • Training and upgrading the workforce
  • Fair and progressive employment practices
  • A flexible wage system

The tripartite partners

The tripartite partners are:

Ministry of Manpower
MOM is responsible for formulating and implementing labour policies related to the workforce in Singapore. It aims to develop a globally competitive workforce and a great workplace, for a cohesive society and a secure economic future for all Singaporeans.

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC)
NTUC is national confederation of trade unions in the industrial, service and public sectors in Singapore. NTUC’s objectives are to help Singapore stay competitive and workers remain employable for life; to enhance the social status and well-being of workers; and to build a strong, responsible and caring labour movement.

NTUC’s vision is to be an inclusive labour movement for all collars, all ages and all nationalities.

NTUC is at the heart of the Labour Movement, which comprises 60 affiliated unions, one affiliated taxi association, 12 social enterprises, five related organisations and over 780,000 3-Gen members.

The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)
SNEF was established in 1980. SNEF is a trade union of employers dedicated to preserving industrial harmony and helping employers achieve excellence in employment practices, thereby enhancing productivity, competitiveness as well as the quality of their employees' work life. With the support of over 3,000 corporate members, SNEF is an active player in facilitating the tripartite partnership among the Government, employers and unions.

Last Updated: 27 October 2016