The proposed Employment Claims Tribunal, first announced during the Manpower Ministry’s 2014 Workplan Seminar will be ready in 2015, said Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin in a recent interview with the local media.
The Tribunal aims to provide all workers an expeditious and affordable dispute resolution mechanism for their employment disputes.
However, union members can still approach their respective unions for any employment issues first.
This would include PMEs earning above $4,500, who currently can only pursue breaches of employment through civil suits, which can be a protracted and expensive process.
Under the proposal, workers will be able to lodge claims, subject to a certain limit, for statutory issues provided for in the Employment Act such as salary claims and other salary-related matters as specified in the employment contract.
(Source: NTUC This Week)