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Written Answer by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on Key Principles on Information Sharing in Collective Bargaining

Notice Paper No. 101 Of 2014 For The Sitting On 14 April 2014 Question No. 784 For Written Answer

MP: Patrick Tay Teck Guan

To ask the Acting Minister for Manpower what are the key principles on information sharing that management and unions in unionised companies should follow in order to facilitate constructive discussion and settlement of disputes during negotiation for collective bargaining.


  1. The key principles to guide information sharing between management and unions in unionised companies are articulated in the Code of Industrial Relations Practices jointly formulated by the Tripartite Partners.
  2. Unions and management should have regular platforms where relevant information can be shared and discussed in an open and honest manner. There should also be a clear understanding and agreement on the type of information that can or cannot be shared and on how relevant information can be used by the parties involved especially during negotiations.
  3. I am happy to note that by and large, management and unions have observed the principles on information sharing articulated in the Code of Industrial Relations. Many have also held regular sharing sessions or dialogues to share relevant information and discuss issues of mutual concern. Sharing of relevant and timely information facilitates constructive dialogue and negotiation in good faith and helps build stronger trust and respect between management and unions. It also helps to strengthen labour management relations at the company level, thereby benefiting both workers and the company.