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Ng Chee Meng, NTUC Secretary General

The Tripartite Cluster for Lift & Escalator (TCLE) has conducted a review of the Lift & Escalator (L&E) PWM.

Recommendations include a six-year schedule of wage increase to the L&E PWM baseline wages from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2029. This builds on the existing PWM Transitional Wage Benchmark agreed upon in 2018 which maps a schedule of transitional wage benchmarks from 2020 to 2022, A mandatory PWM Bonus is part of the recommendations.



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Richard convinced his company to introduce robotics into their operations. This led to an increase in productivity levels and improved workers’ work prospects.

When companies faced a shortage of manpower because Malaysians had to give up their jobs due to movement control restriction, he worked with his union and NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) to help fill the vacancies.



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Government accepts higher wages proposed for Cleaners by Tripartite Cluster

What we aim to achieve in Singapore through our tripartite partnership is to have a growing economy which is both pro-business and pro-worker, Mr Chee said. This is ultimately a whole-of-society effort, as the PWM is not only an economic policy but an important part of our social compact.

As such, he urged everyone to support these efforts through our purchases as consumers, and to signal to companies that we are prepared to pay a little more for essential services so that our workers can earn higher wages.



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trade unionism and tripartism

PM Lee said there is no need for Singapore to be defensive of its model of trade unionism and tripartism which has helped us weathered many crises.

In the 1950s, trade unions made common cause with the PAP to press the colonial government for better conditions for workers, and to fight for self-determination and independence. 

In 1961, when the communists broke away from the PAP to form the Barisan Sosialis, the trade union movement also split. The NTUC was established, and stood with the PAP against the pro- communist groups.

Fighting the communists together during the early tumultous years helped forge deep bonds of trust and comradeship between PAP and NTUC leaders. "These bonds endured through the wrenching events of 1965, and saw us through our journey from separation to nationhood," PM Lee said.



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