SINGAPORE – Self-employed and self-employed workers affiliated with the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) who recently tested positive for Covid-19 are now eligible for a one-time relief payment of up to $ 200.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, November 11, NTUC General Secretary Ng Chee Meng said the union would provide support to people whose livelihoods have been affected by Covid-19.
Mr Ng added: “I have seen the struggles of our independent sisters and brothers whose livelihoods are affected by Covid-19, and I understand the concerns over the uncertainty as to when we will return to the pre-pandemic time. This has been a trying time for you since the start of last year. “
To benefit from the Covid-19 Temporary Relief Program, they must be eligible members of the NTUC Self-Employed and Self-Employed Unit or NTUC-affiliated groups for such workers, and must have tested positive for the virus between October 11. and December 31.
Affiliated groups are the National Delivery Champions Association, the National Instructors and Coaches Association, the National Private Hire Vehicles Association, the National Taxi Association and the Visual, Audio, Creative Content Professionals Association (Singapore).
Payments range from $ 50 to $ 200.
To collect payment, members must provide proof of their first positive rapid antigen test (ART) result or Covid-19 test result.
Valid proof includes the presentation of a time-stamped photo of their first test kit showing the applicant’s positive result along with their photo ID.
NTUC advises applicants with a positive ART test to apply after 10 days in the event that their initial self-isolation period extends beyond 72 hours.
Those who have been isolated for four days or more will be required to present an electronic discharge note from the Department of Health.
Eligible candidates must be full members of these associations no later than September 30.
The request for exemption must reach the association no later than 30 calendar days from the date of the first result of the test.
Members can visit the Self-Employed and Self-Employed Unit website or their respective association’s website for more details on the application.
The relief comes amid a slew of programs aimed at helping the self-employed and the self-employed cope with the economy’s slow recovery from the pandemic over the past two years.
In June, limousine and combi-bus drivers as well as delivery drivers and riders who are members of NTUC-affiliated associations received a one-time payment of up to $ 650.