At NTUC, we believe that the best protection for workers is for them to be able to take on good jobs. Strong tripartism provides a stable and positive environment for investors to bring in good jobs, and allows us to take better care of the interests of our working people.

This model of tripartism – which sees collaboration among the government, employers, and unions –is unique to Singapore. Initiated in 1965 with the signing of the Charter for Industrial Progress and a Productivity Code of Practice between the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), tripartism was key in staving off the rising tide of animosity between union and management that marked Singapore’s history in the 1950s to early 1960s.





Tripartite guidelines and advisories are formulated by the tripartite partners - National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) - to provide frameworks, benchmarks and recommendations for employers to follow in response to changing trends in the economy and workforce or to crises that hit Singapore.





Tripartism is a key competitive advantage for Singapore, underpinning its economic edge, harmonious labour-management relations, and overall progress.

The tripartite partners – the government, represented by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM); the unions, represented by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC); and the employers, represented by the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) – work in cooperation to shape Singapore’s future, forging consensus in developing strategies and taking collective action to achieve sustainable national growth and development for the employers, workers and society.