1. provide wage support to employees going through re-training

1.
Introduction

The
purpose of this report is to compare and contrast the structure and activities
of the trade union in Singapore with the People’s Republic of China. The report
will describe the dominant type, roles and challenges or issues faced by both
countries. Last but not least, this report comprised of personal views that
draw from the information collected on the reference page.

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1.1
Definition

Salamon
(2000) defined trade union as an association of workers which represent their
members in the workplace and society, protect their interests and further their
rights and deal with employers concerning employee-employer relations (and
conflicts if there are) through processes such as collective bargaining and
joint consultation.

2.
Singapore’s Trade Union

In
Singapore, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), is the sole national trade
union centre. NTUC is at the heart of the Labour Movement which comprises 58
affiliated trade unions, 2 affiliated trade associations, 10 social
enterprises, 6 related organisations as well as a growing ecosystem of U
Associates and enterprise partners (NTUC, 2017). The affiliated unions can be
broadly categorised in Figure 2 (Wikipedia, 2017).

2.1 Roles

According
to Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM), a trade union are tasked to regulate
relations between employers and workmen any of the following purposes:

– To promote good industrial relations between workers
and employers

– To improve the working conditions and the economic
and social status of workers

– To increase productivity for the benefits of workmen,
employers and economy of Singapore

2.2 Challenges and Issues Faced

The
challenges faced by NTUC currently will be to support companies and employers
through funding training leave for employees to attend SkillsFuture training
and to review the skilling schemes to provide wage support to employees going
through re-training (Today Online, 2017). Another key challenge faced by NTUC
will be to find the correct workers to fit the job scope that employers need.
This meant to continuously upgrade the skills that are compatible with
tomorrow’s jobs (Today Online, 2017).

3. People’s Republic of China’s Trade
Union

The
All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU, ???????) is the only legally-mandated nationalised
organisation Federation of the People’s Republic of China. The ACFTU is divided
into 31 regional federations and 10 national industrial unions (Wikipedia,
2017). All enterprise trade unions have to be affiliated to the ACFTU via a
hierarchical network of local and regional union federations in Figure 3
(Labour Relations, 2017).