SINGAPORE - The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has set up an association to represent freelance and self-employed individuals (FSEs) - such as delivery riders.
NTUC said in a statement on Friday (Dec 11) that its FSE unit had been engaging workers in the sectors and found that they were ready to formalise their representation to push for better work protection and prospects.
FSE stated that delivery riders will be represented by the National Delivery Champions Association (NDCA) and the NDCA is expected to cover some 2,000 delivery riders.
Supported by NTUC, the group will work closely with various stakeholders to address work issues faced by FSEs, enhance support frameworks and uplift work prospects.
NDCA seeks to address the safety of FSE delivery riders by ensuring all members have sufficient insurance coverage in the event of income disruption. Currently, many delivery riders bear the risk of illnesses and injuries themselves.
NDCA members will enjoy NTUC benefits such as insurance coverage against death and total and permanent disability, cash support like the NTUC Care Fund for income loss and training assistance.
"The association represents (sic) a rapidly growing part of the freelance workforce. The union will continue to work closely with the government, the associations as well as freelance workers to ensure that they are well protected as they go about their businesses," said Ms Yeo Wan Ling, director of NTUC and the organisation's spokesperson for FSEs.
What does this mean for delivery riders? Do you think that this is a good initiative to allow NTUC and delivery riders to band together for better benefits and fairer wagers from the big boys like FoodPanda, Deliveroo, Lalamove and Grab?
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