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Statistics on employers’ and employees’ trade unions and trade disputes are compiled by the Labour Relations and Workplaces Division of the Ministry of Manpower. The Labour Relations and Workplaces Division monitors the industrial relations situation and provides mediation and conciliation services for the settlement of trade disputes. The Division also investigates complaints on infringements of the Employment Act which governs the terms and conditions of employment.

Statistics on collective agreements and Industrial Arbitration Court awards are obtained from the Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC). IAC was set up in 1960 under the Industrial Relations Act. Its functions include the registration and certification of collective agreements, hearing and determination of trade disputes and handing down of awards and interpretation and enforcement of terms of awards and collective agreements.