28,000 workers can apply for a payout worth up to $150 from the NTUC fund

SINGAPORE — About 28,000 low-income workers can apply for a payout of up to $150 under a National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) aid package to cover day-to-day expenses amid higher inflation.

Eligibility for the nearly $3.7 million NTUC Care Fund (Special Assistance) program, as well as the amount of the payout, will depend on both the person’s income and whether the applicant – who must be member of a trade union – lives with his family or not.

Those who live with family members and have either a gross monthly household income of $3,400, including overtime and allowances, or a per capita income of $850 and less, will receive $150.

Those who do not live with family members will receive $60 if their monthly personal gross income is $1,500 or less, including overtime and allowances.

Applicants must also not be behind on membership dues and have at least six months of continuous, paid union membership.

They can apply from Monday (August 22) to September 30 at this website.

Successful applicants will receive the money by bank transfer within 30 days of application.

Financial support comes from the NTUC-U Care Fund, which was established to strengthen the labor movement’s fundraising efforts. It has paid out over $110 million to workers since its launch in 2009.

NTUC Deputy General Secretary Desmond Tan unveiled the program on Saturday morning at an annual education awards ceremony hosted by the Singapore Industrial and Service Employees Union (Siseu).

More than 250 students, who are children of Siseu members, have received scholarships at the NTUC Center on Marina Boulevard.

In a speech, Mr Tan, who is also a Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, said: ‘We hope that this programme, together with government support measures, will help relieve our members as we go through this journey. . with them.”

He added that Singapore and its workers have every reason to be proud and confident of their response to the pandemic, citing news reports on the findings of US think tank Pew Research Center. The results, released earlier this month, showed the majority of Singapore residents feel more united than before the pandemic.