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What are the main responsibilities of unions in Singapore and are they carrying out theseresponsibilities? Illustrate your answer by including answers to the following:-Has the role of unions changed as the economy has developed?-Are unions experiencing the same loss of membership as in other developedcountries?IntroductionA trade union consists of workers or employers whose main aim would be to regulaterelations between employers and employees. Regulating relations would promote goodindustrial relations between workers and employers, improve working conditions, improveeconomic and social status of workers and increasing the productivity for the benefit ofworkers, employers and the economy. Typically, unions work together with employers andemployees to work out a fair package that benefits both parties. Occasionally, the governmentwould need to intervene if no conclusion can be made between all the parties.In Singapore, the trade unions are covered under a few legislations, namely Trade UnionsAct, Trade Union Regulations, Trade Disputes Act, Part III of the Criminal Law (TemporaryProvisions) Act and Singapore Labour Foundation Act. The Trade Unions Act and TradeUnions Regulations regulate the activities of trade unions such as managing union affairs,providing safe custody of funds and upholding democracy during election of union officers.The Trade Disputes Act serve as a regulator for the manner of which industrial action andlock-outs are carried out. Part III of the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions Act) assists inthe prevention of strikes and lock-outs by people in the essential services by providingtemporary provisions. Essential services include people who are working to provide a specialservice, that if stopped or interrupted, would endanger the life, health or personal safety of the
whole or part of the population. Last but not least, the Singapore Labour Foundation Actseeks to improve the welfare of trade union members and their families so as to furtherdevelop the trade union movement (Ministry of Manpower Singapore, 2017). There is acollective of affiliated unions that work together to represent, protect, train and upgradeworkers and this collective is known as National Trade Union Congress (NTUC). Unlikeother unions, NTUC works closely with the government to roll out unionized policies thatbenefit the government, companies and individuals (Ntuc.org.sg, n.d.).Has the role of unions changed as the economy has developed?The main responsibilities of NTUC are split into two sections, Representation and Protection,followed by Skills Training and Upgrading. Through Representation and Protection, NTUC,through its affiliated unions and associations, aims to protect and enhance workers’ welfareand rights via collective bargaining, appealing against wrongful dismissals, negotiating on

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