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TFP minimum wage

Minimum wages do not help to increase productivity.

It is better to see the PWM as the govt straddling the middle ground between recognising that low-wage workers do have genuine problems amidst rising costs of living, and recognising that we shouldn’t take our eye off the problems of sluggish productivity growth.

Minimum wages do not help to increase productivity. It is better to see the PWM as the govt straddling the middle ground between recognising that low-wage workers do have genuine problems amidst rising costs of living, and recognising that we shouldn’t take our eye off the problems of sluggish productivity growth.



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Universal minimum wage not suitable

Workers' Party should say explicitly if the universal minimum wage they proposed applies to foreign workers in Singapore, including domestic helpers.

From a legal point of view, Singapore as a member of the International Labour Organisation cannot legislate a universal min wage while excluding foreign workers.

Will employer welcome paying a min wage of $1300 to employ a domestic helper? The beneficiaries of a universal min wage are low wage workers, most of whom are foreign workers.



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Singaporean hiring

I had many SG job seekers calling me. All said the same thing on the telephone - "before I come for an interview, how much do you pay? How many days do I work a week? Can I only do morning shift and have permanent Sunday off? Must I work on weekends?"

So we fixed interview appointments. I waited and waited and each call made to contact them was deliberately cut off by the SG candidates. They never turned up. I had to resolve to make immediate decisions of confirmation for those who came for interviews and expressed enthusiasm. Or I would never get them back for 2nd interviews.

I had the privilege to meet a WP leader in one of my outings. I shared with him my dilemma as a small business owner and told him not to fight so hard on a restrain on foreign workers. It becomes a burden to business owners, especially small ones like ours.

This WP leader's reply to me was very different from his own party's manifesto against foreign workers.



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Singaporean - Jobs by meritocracy not birth right job competition

Benjamin Chan says it is important to have Singaporeans in top jobs, but only by his/her own merits rather than their birthrights.

To the millennial Singaporeans – don’t assume it is your birthrights to get a job in Singapore. Fight for it and polish up your CVs.

To the MPs – don’t take the easy route of socialism and protectionism just to win votes. Preserve what made us an economic miracle but enforce fairness in the workplace so that qualified Singaporeans don’t get sidelined.

To the “other Singaporeans” – don’t just complain why other foreigners are ahead of you. Venture out and get some overseas experiences as well. Life is not always fair, deal with it!

Benjamin Chan says it is important to have Singaporeans in top jobs, but only by his/her own merits rather than their birthrights.

To the millennial Singaporeans – don’t assume it is your birthrights to get a job in Singapore. Fight for it and polish up your CVs.

To the MPs – don’t take the easy route of socialism and protectionism just to win votes. Preserve what made us an economic miracle but enforce fairness in the workplace so that qualified Singaporeans don’t get sidelined.

To the “other Singaporeans” – don’t just complain why other foreigners are ahead of you. Venture out and get some overseas experiences as well. Life is not always fair, deal with it!



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