"This resounding victory reaffirms the workers’ desire for the union to improve their welfare and work prospects," said Tan Hock Soon, General Secretary, FDAWU.
Singapore's Food, Drinks and Allied Workers Union (FDAWU) has successfully unionised Twelve Cupcakes after winning majority votes from workers in a secret ballot administered by the Ministry of Manpower.
"This resounding victory reaffirms the workers’ desire for the union to improve their welfare and work prospects," said Tan Hock Soon, General Secretary, FDAWU. "FDAWU would like to thank the workers who have supported this unionisation effort and we stand ready to represent them."
On the agenda, the union is looking to work closely with the management to improve workers’ wellbeing, as well as uplift wages and upskill the workers. FDAWU currently represents more than 55,000 workers.
The move comes after the company made headlines for underpaying its foreign employees for around two years. It was fined S$119,500 in court on 12 January 2021. The workers have since been recompensed.
Ng Chee Meng, Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), applauded FDAWU for the move. He noted: "I believe this is the right move to protect our workers, to speak up for them and push for fair treatment, wages and benefits. We will work immediately towards these and safeguard workers’ interests.
"Over time, our union will partner management to foster win-win programmes. For NTUC Singapore, we want companies to succeed because when a company does well, our workers will do well too."
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