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108th Session of the International Labour Conference

On 12 June 2019, Minister for Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo, announced that Singapore would be ratifying the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Convention (also known as C155), with support from the tripartite partners – the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). The announcement was made at the centenary session of the International Labour Conference, which took place from 10 to 21 June 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.


The C155 is a key OSH Convention that requires ratifying countries to formulate, implement and periodically review a coherent national policy on OSH, in consultation with employers and workers. Singapore is the second ASEAN country to ratify this Convention, after Vietnam.


A tripartite delegation comprising Ms Mary Liew (President, NTUC), Mr Ng Chee Meng (Secretary-General, NTUC), Dr Robert Yap (President, SNEF), union members, employer representatives and officials from the Ministry of Manpower attended the centenary ILC session.  This year’s Conference centred on the Report of the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work, entitled “Work for a brighter future”.


Singapore tripartite leaders with Mr Guy Ryder (fifth from left in photo), Director-General of the ILO


Minister Josephine Teo signing the ratification of C155 with the ILO Director-General