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Written Answer by Mrs Josephine Teo Minister for Manpower on Protecting SGUnited Trainees at Workplaces

NOTICE PAPER NO. 2123 OF 2020 FOR THE SITTING ON 01 JUNE 2020
QUESTION NO. 3631 FOR ORAL ANSWER

MP: Mr Patrick Tay

To ask the Minister for Manpower as the trainees under the SGUnited Traineeships Programme are not in an employment relationship and are not covered by the employment laws, how can these trainees obtain assistance and support in the event of workplace grievances and issues including work injury and harassment.  

Answer

  1. Under the Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA), the host company is responsible to ensure that workplaces are safe and without any health risks to every person on its premises, including the SGUnited trainees.
  2. In the event of any harassment, TAFEP will assist and support trainees who encounter such incidents. TAFEP will advise the trainees on the actions they can take, such as reporting the incident to the HR or, if the conduct constitutes criminal conduct, to make a police report.