The tripartite committees and initiatives provide guidelines and recommendations on issues such as wages, fair employment and employing older workers. Learn more about the work of the different committees.
The following are some of the active the tripartite committees (TriComs) and initiatives:
Singapore Tripartism Forum
The Singapore Tripartism Forum (STF) is designed to broaden, deepen and strengthen the spirit of tripartism through a structured framework.
The forum provides a platform for the tripartite partners to table concerns and work together more effectively to overcome the complex economic challenges faced by Singapore today.
STF was jointly set up by the Ministry of Manpower, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF).
Official website: www.tripartism.sg
National Wages Council
The National Wages Council (NWC) meets annually to discuss and forge national consensus on wage and wage-related matters. It issues guidelines on these matters every year based on the tripartite consensus reached during the discussions.
The NWC comprises representatives from the employers, trade unions and Government. It was set up to formulate wage guidelines in line with Singapore’s social development and long-term economic growth.
Guidelines and publications
Read the NWC’s wage guidelines for 2019/2020, which the Government has accepted.
A commemorative publication, The Story of NWC – 40 Years of Tripartite Commitment and Partnership, records four decades of the Council’s work since its formation in 1972. You can find a copy at a public library.
Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices
The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) promotes greater awareness of fair and progressive employment practices among employers and the general public.
It provides a range of services, tools and resources, including training workshops, advisory services, and educational materials, to help organisations implement fair and progressive employment practices and comply with employment legislation.
If you have faced discrimination in the workplace, you can also give feedback to TAFEP and get advice and assistance.
Formerly known as Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices, TAFEP includes members representing employers, unions, and the Government.
Official website: Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices
Visit the TAFEP resources page to download guides, toolkits and other resources.
Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers
The Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers was set up in 2005 to recommend measures to enhance the employability of older workers and help them stay employed longer. It also aims to positively shape the perceptions and mindsets of employers, employees and the public towards the employment of older workers.
In 2013, TriCom mapped out new directions to advance tripartite efforts in supporting the employment, employability and productivity of older workers:
- Age Management and Job Redesign: The TriCom will work with industry associations to build companies’ capabilities in managing an ageing workforce and roll out relevant age management practices. We will also work with industry partners to develop a training curriculum and standards for age management consultants, who can then help businesses implement age-friendly programmes.
- Re-employment: The TriCom will review and make recommendations on specific issues related to the implementation of re-employment legislation, as well as review the extension of the re-employment age from 65 to 67.
- Public Communications: The TriCom has embarked on a comms campaign to promote positive perceptions of older workers amongst employers, employees and the general public. This campaign – “Tap into a wealth of experience” – was launched at the Age Management Seminar on 18 Jun 2014.
Get guidance on re-employing your workers beyond age 62 in the Tripartite Guidelines on the Re-employment of Older Employees.
Tripartite Committee for Low-wage Workers and Inclusive Growth
The Tripartite Committee on CPF and Work Related Benefits for Low-Wage Workers was formed in 2007 to strengthen income security and employment protection of low-wage workers (LWWs), and raise awareness about the benefits of CPF, Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) scheme and other employment rights. Its tenure ended in 2009.
In 2010, it was reconstituted and renamed as the Tripartite Committee for LWWs and Inclusive Growth. Moving beyond an emphasis on CPF contribution and the WIS scheme, the TriCom took on a more comprehensive approach towards general LWW issues and helping LWWs participate in an inclusive growth.
The TriCom seeks to:
- Recommend ways to improve the employment standards and working conditions of LWWs, including promoting best outsourcing.
- Identify opportunities for income growth and job mobility for LWWs, including promoting WTS take up and finding ways to overcome training obstacles among LWWs.
- Drive outreach and promotional activities on LWW initiatives, including developing media plans to drive LWW messages.
The TriCom is made up of representatives from the government, employers, unions and academics. View the full composition of the TriCom.
Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy
The Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy (TriCom) was set up in 2000 to drive the promotion of work-life harmony in Singapore. The TriCom’s objectives for 2016-2017 were:
- To formulate strategies and measures to help organisations build capabilities in implementing and managing flexible work arrangements.
- To promote and encourage organisations to adopt effective work-life strategies, including flexible work arrangements that enhance:
- their business performance and ability to attract and retain valued employees.
- their employees’ productivity and ability to effectively manage their work and family responsibilities.
- To monitor and review the adoption of flexible work arrangements by organisations in Singapore with a view to improving work-life harmony at the workplace.
The TriCom comprised members from the various government agencies, tripartite partners and employers to promote work-life practices as a strategy to optimise business performance and facilitate employees to manage their own work-life fit. View the Composition of Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy (2016 - 2017).
Get guidance on implementing FWAs effectively in the Work-Life Works! Portal and Tripartite Advisory on Flexible Work Arrangements.
The Tripartite Panel on Community Engagement at Workplaces provides guidance for the Community Engagement Programme (CEP) for businesses and unions.
It aims to build socially harmonious and secure workplaces through promoting understanding, respect and bonding between different communities. The panel also seeks to prepare workplaces to deal with situations that cause problems to harmonious working relationships.
The panel comprises key leaders from the business community, unions, as well as the ethnic chambers of commerce.
Find out more
For more information about the history and achievements of the tripartite partners, visit the official Singapore Tripartism Forum website.