1.Introduction Thepurpose of this report is to compare and contrast the structure and activitiesof the trade union in Singapore with the People’s Republic of China. The reportwill describe the dominant type, roles and challenges or issues faced by bothcountries. Last but not least, this report comprised of personal views thatdraw from the information collected on the reference page. 1.
1Definition Salamon(2000) defined trade union as an association of workers which represent theirmembers in the workplace and society, protect their interests and further theirrights and deal with employers concerning employee-employer relations (andconflicts if there are) through processes such as collective bargaining andjoint consultation. 2.Singapore’s Trade Union InSingapore, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), is the sole national tradeunion centre. NTUC is at the heart of the Labour Movement which comprises 58affiliated trade unions, 2 affiliated trade associations, 10 socialenterprises, 6 related organisations as well as a growing ecosystem of UAssociates and enterprise partners (NTUC, 2017).
The affiliated unions can bebroadly categorised in Figure 2 (Wikipedia, 2017). 2.1 Roles Accordingto Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM), a trade union are tasked to regulaterelations between employers and workmen any of the following purposes:- To promote good industrial relations between workersand employers- To improve the working conditions and the economicand social status of workers- To increase productivity for the benefits of workmen,employers and economy of Singapore2.
2 Challenges and Issues Faced Thechallenges faced by NTUC currently will be to support companies and employersthrough funding training leave for employees to attend SkillsFuture trainingand to review the skilling schemes to provide wage support to employees goingthrough re-training (Today Online, 2017). Another key challenge faced by NTUCwill be to find the correct workers to fit the job scope that employers need.This meant to continuously upgrade the skills that are compatible withtomorrow’s jobs (Today Online, 2017). 3. People’s Republic of China’s TradeUnion TheAll-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU, ???????) is the only legally-mandated nationalisedorganisation Federation of the People’s Republic of China.
The ACFTU is dividedinto 31 regional federations and 10 national industrial unions (Wikipedia,2017). All enterprise trade unions have to be affiliated to the ACFTU via ahierarchical network of local and regional union federations in Figure 3(Labour Relations, 2017).