For more details on the requirements for submitting a collective agreement, the types of disputes and the various channels for filing an application with the IAC can be found on the IAC website. The work of collective bargaining should not be seen as an adversarial act. Unions can be friends with employers and the government. That is the spirit of the triangle, and it is something that many countries cannot do. The main task of trade unions in Singapore is to negotiate collective agreements, negotiate the terms of collective agreements and represent members in the resolution of labour disputes. Under the Trade Union Act, unions must register with the Clerk of Trade Unions. Anyone over the age of 16 can be a member of a registered union (with the exception of certain categories of government employees). This collective bargaining process can be initiated either by the employer or by the union. The party wishing to enter into negotiations on a collective agreement is required to complete a notice and the receiving party is required to accept the invitation to negotiate. Negotiations between the employer and the union should begin as soon as possible.
Labour relations are relatively stable in Singapore. One of the main features of labour relations in Singapore is the concept of “egosism”, which concerns workers (through trade unions), employers (through employers` organisations) and the government through MOM, and which collaborates as cooperation partners. The powers of our unions are granted by the Labour Relations Act. The law is designed for the prevention and resolution of labour disputes through collective bargaining, conciliation and conciliation by the labour tribunal. If all these agreements have been negotiated and agreed upon, then the unions will sign an agreement with the leaders of your company. This is called the collective agreement. If it is signed and certified by the labour tribunal, it is binding and a company must respect it. If a collective agreement cannot be reached at the employer level, the employer or union may send a notice of conciliation assistance to the Ministry of Labour (MM). The employer can contact MOM directly under firstname.lastname@example.org and the union can submit the notification online. In an increasingly competitive environment, management and the union must engage in cooperation to meet challenges, resolve disputes amicably and establish a strong relationship between employment services, based on mutual trust and respect. This is a key factor in creating harmonious jobs, strengthening tripartite cooperation and strengthening Singapore`s economic competitiveness and social progress, benefiting both employers and workers.
The Three-way Labour Relations Council (IR) describes key principles and practices as a guide and reference to help all IR practitioners achieve the above objectives.