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Nautilus Federation affiliate official honoured for distinguished service to seafarers

14 May 2024

Mary Liew, general secretary at the Nautilus Federation affiliate the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union (SMOU), has been honoured with the Distinguished Service (Star) award.

The Star is the most prestigious award of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) of Singapore.

Since assuming the leadership role as the first female general secretary of SMOU in 2013, Ms Liew has been a tireless advocate for the welfare and rights of seafarers. She has championed initiatives aimed at improving their working conditions and ensuring they receive the support and representation they rightfully deserve.

Beyond her pivotal role within SMOU, Ms Liew's influence extends to various labour and governmental entities, notably serving as the president of NTUC from 2015 to 2023. She also represents Singapore in global organisations such as the International Transport Workers'​ Federation, where she holds the distinction of being the first woman from Southeast Asia to serve on the executive board.

SMOU's assistant treasurer, Tan Geh Ting, was also honoured at the awards with the Comrade of Labour award.


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