May 13, 2013

    Set up PME trade union

    IT WAS heartening to hear that, in this year's May Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is supportive of professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) who want more support and representation from the unions.

    To protect the interests of PMEs, it is vital for Parliament to look into the establishment of a PME-focused trade union.

    This will give Singaporean PMEs a common platform to raise their grievances in the event of matters such as unfair dismissal, retrenchment or other severance issues, or those on promotion, compensation, benefits or conditions of service.

    In addition, it is important for Parliament to institute a PME tribunal to adjudicate on legal proceedings and arbitration.

    The tribunal could be made up of a three-member panel, with a judiciary officer - who is at least the level of a High Court judge - assisted by dignified members of the business community.

    The proposed union and tribunal would help to expedite resolution of PME-related disputes, and cut down on the time and costs that would otherwise have to be spent if one were to take the traditional route involving the civil courts and litigation.