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Tripartite delegation attends International Labour Conference

  1. Singapore’s Minister for Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo, led a tripartite delegation to attend the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference from 2 to 6 June 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. 
  2. The delegation comprised Ms Mary Liew (President, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Mr Ng Chee Meng (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 and future priorities in advancing social dialogue and tripartism as envisioned in the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work, and effective cooperation in support of ILO’s Sustainable Development Goals. 
  4. Minister Teo delivered a speech at the Conference on 5 June 2018 (Tuesday) in response to the report of the Director-General of the ILO, Mr Guy Ryder, on "Women at Work". Minister Teo’s speech outlined the efforts that Singapore has taken to empower women through choice in pursuing both their career and familial aspirations, including doubling Singapore’s number of childcare places and encouraging even more employers to offer flexible work arrangements.
  5. On the sidelines of the Conference, Minister Teo, Ms Liew, Mr Ng and Dr Yap made a joint call on the Director-General of the ILO, Mr Ryder. Minister Teo also had meetings with her foreign counterparts, hosted the ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Breakfast Meeting, and will be attending a dinner for G20 Labour Ministers hosted by Mr Ryder.