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Low-wage workers to get $50 pay rise?

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  1. evisionary

    evisionary Alfrescian Old Timer

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    I guess our government is not working harder for low-wage workers as foreign maids are getting $60 ($10 higher) salary increase coming 2013.

    http://unbrandedbreadnbutter.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/60-per-month/

    If the Government says yes to recommendations from the National Wages Council (NWC), workers earning below $1,000 are likely to see their pay rise by at least $50 plus a percentage increase.

    Sources told The Sunday Times that the NWC has accepted a proposal from the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to increase the basic pay of low-wage workers by $50.

    The recommendations have been signed by all NWC members, who include employer group representatives, unionists and public-sector officials, and awaits approval from the Cabinet, where an announcement is expected to be made this week.

    If approved, it will be the first time since 1984 that the NWC has recommended a minimum quantam of pay rise. They had recommended that companies raise the pay of workers by $27 plus 4 to 8 per cent then.

    From 1985, NWC had stopped setting wage specific requirements and left it to unions and employers to negotiate based on broad recommendations, reported The Sunday Times.

    According to the Manpower Ministry's latest Report on Wages 2010, there are more than 296,000 workers earning below $1,000.

    A $50 pay rise would mean that those earning $1,000 will see a real increase in pay, said a source who is familiar with the annual wage talks.

    President of Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (Asme) Mr Chan Chong Beng said that a $50 increase would be manageable for most SMEs.

    However, he added that it would not be enough to achieve productivity gains and preferred a higher payout which would allow employers to do more to increase productivity.

    Chief executive of security company Soverus Mr Paul Lim is worried about the adjustment period when companies face higher labour costs while remaining locked into existing contracts, and hoped unions would be flexible during wage negotiations.

    His company will see a 3 per cent hike in wage bill for 140 full-time security officers who earn a basic pay of up to $800 a month.

    Mr Lim says he supports the pay rise for security officers as this would help raise professionalism too.

    "It is for this reason that I am prepared to stomach what I need to stomach," he added.

    MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Zainudin Nordin, who is also the chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower, said he would welcome the pay rise too.

    "It will help low-income earners with living expenses, but they also have to be prudent and don't overspend," he said.

    However, labour MP Zainal Sapari, who heads the NTUC unit for contract, casual and low-wage workers, said that he is concerned about workers in companies without unions.

    He asked: "Who is going to ensure that these companies follow NWC guidelines?"

    Mr Chan said these companies will face pressures from their workers and will end up having to do something to match the market rate, or else they will lose workers too.
     
  2. LeMans2011

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    Hahaha very timely indeed. Is this suppose to create a psychological impact on Hougang voters subconciously linking this to Desmond Choo?
     
  3. Alamaking

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    $50 for fuck!!!!!????
     
  4. LeMans2011

    LeMans2011 Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Hahaha very timely indeed. Is this suppose to create a psychological impact on Hougang voters subconciously linking this to Desmond Choo?
     
  5. mojito

    mojito Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Or they hope $50 can appease the Hougang cleaner auntie who sought the court's judgment on the PM's delay in calling the BE?
     
  6. chonburifc

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    Yeah. $50 per shot at legal houses in GL.
     
  7. JiaSAInSI

    JiaSAInSI Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Wow 50 so BIG ah
     
  8. Baluku

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    Too little.

    Too late.

    Playing political games with workers livelihood.

    This is a sad country we live in.
     
  9. Cestbon

    Cestbon Alfrescian (Inf)

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    When election only to see some minor improvement. Like bus driver/low income wage up.
    Maybe every month should have one MP die. Then every month will have by election we will see more improvement.
     
  10. saratogas

    saratogas Alfrescian Old Timer

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    $50 for them to buy 4D & Toto to get some Hope in life...
     
  11. Kuailan

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    When gahmen increase their own salary it was like $250,000 to million...poor peasant only get $50.00!!!!
    comparison not even one tiny hair!!
     
  12. streetsmart73

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    hi there


    1. aiyoh!
    2. the nwc is just another toothless & equally useless entity.
    3. now, what is the catch?
    4. proposal by ntuc!
    5. may only applicable unionized establishments.
    6. hahaha!
     
  13. jacobsgoh

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    better GE, can get Freebie$.
     
  14. curtisV

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    I agree. The government is notoriously lacking in public policies that support low wage workers who need salary increase to attend to family needs. This $50 increase wasn't really enough to help with their living expenses. Also, some large companies should really consider wage increase, that's if they don't want to lose their workers.
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  15. Cruxx

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    I'm intensely relaxed about the rich getting richer. The problem is that the gahman's duty is to make sure economic growth benefits the people. That they have failed to do so is proof that their millions are undeserved.
     
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    50 dollars bigger than bullock cart wheel
     
  17. Cruxx

    Cruxx Alfrescian Old Timer

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    Or they could help to shoulder the costs of living. It's not rocket science, really. The problem is the lack of political will.
     
  18. red amoeba

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    its the mindset ingrained in the government, emphasized many times over by you-know-who.

    they are so scared of opening the Pandora box named welfare.
     
  19. Cruxx

    Cruxx Alfrescian Old Timer

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    I'm sure Sinkies, many of whom do not pay income tax, would never think of free-riding on public infrastructure such as roads, pavement, street lights and public services from the police and teachers that they didn't pay for. :rolleyes:
     
  20. chonburifc

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    Actually actual figure is lower cos' part of sgd 50 goes to cheat peasant fund which ho jinx will safe keep for you first.
     

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