Last month, I attended a National Day Observance Ceremony (NDOC) organized by the Labour Movement and its network of partners.

At the NDOC, I got to meet many new faces and old friends.

It was a joyous occasion to mark the 51st birthday of Singapore and to see how far we have come along under the Labour Movement.

 

Who was there?

The event was graced by NTUC Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing, Minister Teo Ser Luck and representatives from the Singapore National Employers Federation among the 2,000 guests.

This is also the first NDOC that included new Labour Movement additions such as the U Associates, U SME, U FSE (U Freelancers and Self-Employed) and U Startup partners. Previously it was simply just NTUC, affiliated unions and social enterprises.

Graphic: Groups within the Labour Movement you can network with (NTUC This Week)

Graphic: Groups within the Labour Movement you can network with (NTUC This Week)

There were 24 booths comprising representatives from:

  • NTUC-affiliated unions and trade associations
  • NTUC Social Enterprises
  • NTUC initiatives like:
    • e2i
    • U PME
    • U Creative (for creative freelancers)
    • U Startup
    • U Future Leaders
    • U HR Leaders
    • Migrant Workers’ Centre
  • U Associates (professional guilds)
  • U SMEs
  • U FSE

 

Increasing your capabilities and connections

Networking with the Labour Movement is like going to Changi Airport, connecting with many different places and expanding one’s network.

Within this expanding network, there are all sorts of groups you can link up with, from startups, freelancers, unions, training institutes, gig aggregators, companies, professional guilds, PMEs, SMEs, CXOs etc.

Graphic: Connect with people via the Labour Movement network, the way you connect to destinations via Changi Airport (Changi Airport)

Graphic: Connect with people via the Labour Movement network, the way you connect to destinations via Changi Airport (Changi Airport)

You can think of the NDOC also as a Networking Day of Collaborators.

The key purpose is to create a massive and powerful network where different parts come together to collaborate on new and exciting projects.

Photo: NTUC partnering freelance gig aggregator ServisHero to match freelancers to jobs (NTUC This Week)

Photo: NTUC partnering freelance gig aggregator ServisHero to match freelancers to jobs (NTUC This Week)

How NTUC is creating opportunities to help people connect with new groups and cross-pollinating ideas was indeed an eye-opener for me.

For instance:

  • A startup like Jaga-Me could partner an NTUC social enterprise (NTUC Health) to help patients
  • A U Associate professional guild could partner with U SMEs and unions to train up SME workers in a particular industry
  • A freelance group could develop a broad-based leadership series with e2i and U Future Leaders for professional members of a U Associate professional guild.

The possibilities are endless.

 

What can you get out of this expanding network?

In a nutshell, everyone who can something to offer to benefit Singapore and our working people (e.g. training, skills, opportunities) can use this network to find someone else to collaborate with.

For example, when industry experts collaborate with NTUC’s U SME to helps SME bosses (grow their business) and the HR personnel (with better HR practices), the bosses and HR can help workers in turn get better jobs and pay.

Even startups can also share their concerns with NTUC and think of how to collaborate to grow the pie.

Photo:  Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing with virtual reality startup Immersively at NDOC (NTUC This Week)

Photo:  Secretary-General Chan Chun Sing with virtual reality startup Immersively at NDOC (NTUC This Week)

Freelancers can approach U Creative, on how to prepare and protect themselves, or get gigs via gig aggregators and future Attach-and-Train programmes with companies.

What the mind can conceived, the body can achieve.

My networking journey with the Labour Movement has just started, who knows what new possibilities can be created out of this?

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