History of POU

The Port Officers’ Union represents all the Professionals, Managers and Executives working in PSA International, PSA Singapore and PSA Marine. Unionisation rate is at 92% with a membership size of 2200.

POU is affiliated to the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

The Union had its humble beginnings as a Senior Officers’ Association during the Singapore Harbour Board era. After the formation of the Port of Singapore Authority, the Union was registered as the Port and Dock Officers’ Union on 2 May 1967. On 8 Oct 1975, the Union changed its name to the Port Officers’ Union as the dock department was transferred out of PSA.

The POU was admitted into the International Transport Workers Federation in 1977. Its relationship with the NTUC dates back to before its registration as a Union.

The working relationship between the POU and PSA is a strong one, based on frank and open communications. There is a spirit of trust and co-operation between the two parties, which recognised that the executives and Management depended on each other for the well-being of employees and the efficiency of the port.

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