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15 Apr 2020
3 mins
SMOU Rallied Behind Workers in COVID-19 Pandemic

While the global COVID-19 pandemic confined many of us to our homes, there are still many workers who continue to serve in their respective industries to provide us with the essential services.

SMOU first reached out to our seafaring members who were due to sign on their next voyage. They were encouraged to collect SMOU Care Packs from the SMOU One Stop Service Centre which carried items that will help them keep safe and healthy even as they perform their duties onboard ships.

To keep Singapore going, workers like our seafarers who keep the global supply chain moving,  cleaners, security officers, and private and public transport workers have to carry out their jobs while preventive measures continue to increase. Some groups, like workers in the healthcare industry have also been working round the clock to attend to those who need medical attention while others are working hard to manage the spread of the virus. SMOU Exco, Young SMOU and volunteers came together to prepare care packs that contain necessary protective items as a gesture of appreciation for the hard work of our workers!

During the month of March and April 2020, SMOU also distributed 1,000 SMOU Care Packs as supplementary supplies to the workers from other unions whose members serve at the forefront to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. They are the Union of Security Employees Singapore (USE), Amalgamated Union of Public Daily Rated Workers (AUPDRW), National Taxi Association (NTA), National Private Hire Vehicles Association (NPHVA), National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU), Healthcare Services Employees’ Union (HSEU), and Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union (BATU).

SMOU President, Brother Rahim Jaffar presenting care packs to AUPDRW General Secretary, Brother Raman Kathavarayan
NPHVA President, Brother Mohamad Azan Salleh with NTUC President and SMOU General Secretary, Sister Mary Liew.
NTUC Assistant Secretary-General, Brother Desmond Choo and Sister Mary Liew distributing care packages to drivers at Downtown East.

Amongst items in the care packs were hand sanitisers, surgical face masks, snacks and other items that served to encourage and provide added protection for workers while they perform their duties. The care pack was a message of gratitude to workers, letting them know that they are not alone because there is a Labour Movement family here for them.

Beyond essential workers, SMOU had also reached out to other groups of the community to do good during this time of uncertainty. Care packs were delivered to various groups of people such as the elderly who needed the items.

Every worker matters and it takes all of us to keep a nation running while fighting off a pandemic. We must continue to look out for one another and to care and share with our sisters and brothers who are bearing the heavier burden of providing essential services to all of us.

Each individual is at the forefront of this battle when it comes to preventing the spread of the virus. Let us continue to do our part to exercise social responsibility and maintain personal hygiene.

We would like to thank all the workers who have been working at the forefront during this period.

Together, we can overcome this!