The International Labour Organization (ILO) promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.
Singapore joined the ILO in 1965 and ratifies (approves) to 6 out of 8 ILO conventions.
This year, Mary Liew of the NTUC has been invited to sit on the Committee of Freedom of Association (CFA) within the ILO. Prior to this, Liew sat as Nominated Member of Parliament for sessions 2011 – 2015.
Freedom of association and collective bargaining are among the founding principles of the ILO.
As an example of the efforts in the CFA, take the case of Indonesia. The international community kept up the pressure on Indonesia for the release of trade union leaders detained because of their trade union activity. Muchtar Pakpahan was released in 1998, followed by Dita Sari one year later, whereupon she was unanimously elected Chairperson of the National Front for Indonesian Workers Struggle, the FNPBI. Indonesia’s engagement with the ILO marked a turning point for labour rights in the country.
We’ll be following Ms. Liew’s contributions within the Committee and the International Labour Organisation with keen interest.
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