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Tripartite Delegation Attends International Labour Conference

  1. Singapore’s Minister for Manpower, Lim Swee Say, led a tripartite delegation to attend the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference from 12 to 14 June 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. 
  2. The delegation comprised Ms Mary Liew, President, National Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Mr Patrick Tay, Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC; Dr Robert Yap, President, Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF); union members, employer representatives and officials from the Ministry of Manpower. 
  3. This year’s Conference discussed various issues, such as the progress made in promoting fundamental principles and rights at work as envisioned in the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, setting out the standards for employment and decent work in the transition from war to peace, and in the area of labour migration.
  4. Minister Lim delivered a speech at the Conference on 13 June 2017 (Tuesday), which outlined Singapore’s efforts in building a lean and sustainable Future Economy. Singapore adopts lean approaches in manpower, land-use and water, and sees being lean as an opportunity to innovate, increase our productivity and achieve sustainable wage growth for all workers. Please refer to the attached for Minister Lim’s speech.
  5. On the sidelines of the Conference, Minister Lim, Ms Liew, Mr Tay and Dr Yap made a joint call on the Director-General of the ILO, Mr Guy Ryder. Minister Lim also had meetings with his foreign counterparts, attended the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Breakfast Meeting, and will be attending a dinner for G20 Labour Ministers hosted by Mr Ryder.