Fair treatment, income support for low-wage workers critical, say experts

Analysts at an online forum organised by the Institute of Policy Studies on 20 May 2020 on “Employment risks in the age of pandemics”, opined that fair treatment, income support and union representation for low-wage workers, as well as retaining and training workers despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will position Singapore to deal successfully with future challenges post-circuit breaker.

The panel also debated on broader employer insurance, government-funded sick leave and an early drawdown of Central Provident Fund savings, as possible solutions for vulnerable groups in the labour market, as the spectre of unemployment looms over Singapore.