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The simple and straight answer is: you can't. Not even if you earn the minimum of $1300 if you have a family to look after.

$1300 is too low to be of much help in lifting a low-income family.

This is why the Workers' Party's call for a national minimum wage of $1300 is more a political cry than a genuine attempt to uplift workers. It is set at a level that avoids a big reaction from the business community while at the same time, portrays the WP as a party that cares. 

The simple and straight answer is: you can't. Not even if you earn the minimum of $1300 if you have a family to look after.

$1300 is too low to be of much help in lifting a low-income family.

This is why the Workers' Party's call for a national minimum wage of $1300 is more a political cry than a genuine attempt to uplift workers. It is set at a level that avoids a big reaction from the business community while at the same time, portrays the WP as a party that cares. 



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Terry Xu goes on the offensive with NTUC

Terry Xu of TOC demonstrates his lack of understanding when he ran down tripartitism in Singapore in an op-ed published 17 October on his disappointment with NTUC.
98.3% of Singaporean workers are already earning more than $1300. So why is WP still calling for a universal minimum wage of $1300, and Terry Xu taking up on their behalf on this call?

Because minimum wage is politics, not economics. It's about a politician's popularity, not workers' welfare.

The politicians decide, BASED ON THEIR OWN OPINION, what they think a worker should earn at the minimum.

Minimum wage is at best, populism at work. At worst, it is a cosmetic change that looks good on the outside but changes nothing on the inside because it does not address the needs of workers or the needs of the industries where they work.



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Jamus Lim vs Union leader Karthikeyan

Union leader Karthikeyan Krishnamurthy is obviously upset by Jamus' Lim for disdaining their 'wisdom and beliefs'.

Jamus Lim knows nothing about workers or their worker representative.

Can WP elaborate on how they intend to help workers since they have 'workers' to their name?

Union leader Karthikeyan Krishnamurthy is obviously upset by Jamus' Lim for disdaining their 'wisdom and beliefs'. Jamus Lim knows nothing about workers or their worker representative. Can WP elaborate on how they intend to help workers since they have 'workers' to their name?



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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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global competition Singaporean Core

To strengthen the Singaporean core and reduce reliance on foreign workers, we need to increase our work productivity.

To stay competitive with an ageing workforce against a younger global talent pool, we need to keep upgrading ourselves or risk being squeezed out of the global competition for good jobs.

To strengthen the Singaporean core and reduce reliance on foreign workers, we need to increase our work productivity.

To stay competitive with an ageing workforce against a younger global talent pool, we need to keep upgrading ourselves or risk being squeezed out of the global competition for good jobs.



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Singaporean core financial institution

MAS established a $125 million package earlier this year to encourage financial institutions (FIs) to retain, train and hire Singaporeans.

A strong Singaporean core complemented by high-quality and diverse foreign talent in every major financial institution.

We're not quite there yet but the picture across the sector as a whole is better than often portrayed especially on social media.

Singaporeans make up 70% of the workforce in the finance sector. PRs make up another 14% according to MAS estimates.

MAS established a $125 million package earlier this year to encourage financial institutions (FIs) to retain, train and hire Singaporeans. A strong Singaporean core complemented by high-quality and diverse foreign talent in every major FI. We're not quite there yet but the picture across the sector as a whole is better than often portrayed especially on social media. Singaporeans make up 70% of the workforce in the finance sector. PRs make up another 14% according to MAS estimates.



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NTUC TOC TERRY XU

Be careful with sites like TOC, which plagiarize, hire foreign ghostwriters to attack foreign workers and immigration policies, and manipulate Singaporeans’ emotions to write articles for eyeballs.

Ragebait headlines or hyperpartisan appeals that twist the facts are designed to get traffic from people’s anger.

Be careful with sites like TOC, which plagiarize, hire foreign ghost writers to attack foreign workers and immigration policies, and manipulate Singaporeans’ emotions to write articles for eyeballs. Ragebait headlines or hyperpartisan appeals that twist the facts are designed to  get traffic from people’s anger.



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