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Employers Associations and Trade Unions in Singapore

The Trade Unions Act (Cap 333) defines a trade union as an association of workers or employers that aims to regulate relations between workers and employers. The objectives of a trade union are stated as being to promote good industrial relations; to improve workers’ working conditions; to enhance the economic and social status of workers; and to raise productivity for the benefit of workers, employers, and the economy. Any employee who is over the age of 16 can be represented by a trade union and has a free choice in deciding whether or not to join a trade union.

Nothing in any contract of service shall in any way restrict the right of any employee who is a party to such contract:

  • to join a registered trade union;
  • to participate in the activities of a registered trade union; or
  • to associate with any other persons for the purpose of organizing a trade union.
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