The IAC is presided over by the President or Deputy President, who are appointed
by the President of Singapore on the advice of the Prime Minister. The IAC President
is not deemed to be a public servant, but has the same rights, privileges, protection
and immunity as a Judge of the Supreme Court. The Deputy President has the same
protection and immunity as the President.
To hear an industrial dispute, a Court is constituted comprising the President and
a member each from the employee and employer panels. The members are nominated by
the 2 parties to the dispute, viz the union and the employer. The 2 panels of the
Court are appointed by the Minister for Manpower, on the recommendation of the Singapore
National Employers’ Federation and the National Trades Union Congress. The employer
panel also includes 3 persons nominated by the Minister for Finance to represent
the government as an employer. The panel members are appointed for a 1-year term
and are eligible for re-appointment.
For the majority of dispute hearings, the Court is constituted by the President
and the 2 panel members. In certain cases, however, the President alone may determine
the dispute eg continuation and interpretation of awards. He may also certify collective
The President may appoint a Referee to hear a dispute between parties to a CA arising
out of the operation of the CA, while the CA is in force. Referees are appointed
by the Minister for Manpower for a term of 2 years.
The IAC is supported by a Registrar and other officers,all of whom are public servants.