Dear fellow Singaporeans,
Happy Labour Day!
Let us all take a moment to celebrate the tremendous contributions made by our hardworking and dedicated workers. Today is a reminder of the value of work and the importance of fair compensation and decent working conditions for all workers.
The Progress Singapore Party believes that every worker deserves to be fairly compensated and be treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to fighting for the rights and welfare of workers in Singapore, especially lower-income workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly profound impact on the livelihoods of this group of workers, and we will continue to push for policy and legislative changes that will make a difference for them.
COVID-19 has also shown us that a world where remote work and flexible working arrangements are accepted, and even the norm, are possible. We believe that it will be highly beneficial for Singaporeans to have hybrid work and flexible working arrangements as the new normal. Parents can spend more time with their children, work-life balance and mental health will improve, and our national carbon footprint will be reduced. We look forward to the introduction of the Tripartite Guidelines on Flexible Work Arrangements by 2024 and will continue to champion policies to improve Singaporeans’ work-life balance during the remainder of this term of Parliament.
No worker deserves to be discriminated at the workplace for any reason, be it nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, medical condition, or any other characteristic. No one should be hindered from earning an honest living because of discrimination. During the Committee of Supply debate in February, I spoke about the importance of ensuring a level playing field for all Singaporean workers. Stronger action can be taken to ensure that our workplaces remain diverse and free of discrimination based on nationality. Workplace discrimination will be another of our key priorities for the rest of our NCMP term, especially as Parliament will debate the new workplace fairness law sometime next year.
This Labour Day, let us renew our commitment to building a fairer, more inclusive society, where every worker can achieve their full potential. PSP will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all Singaporeans are provided with the support and opportunities they need to thrive.
Singaporeans deserve better.
For Country For People.