COVID-19 has thrust our lower wage workers like cleaners into the spotlight. Many Singaporeans have become aware that they play an integral role in society and deserve to receive higher wages. The good news is, the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) which benefits many lower wage workers, is already implemented in some sectors. These are the […]
Isn’t it apt that landscape workers are having their work be recognised in the Garden City known as Singapore? In the most recent announcement on 20 Aug, we learn that landscape maintenance workers aka gardeners, will see their basic wages rise by 6.3% a year on average, over six years. This happens after proposals by […]
Recently, it was announced that the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for cleaners, security guards and lift and escalator technicians would see a greater increase, effectively boosting the salaries of all these workers. That’s great news but it also means that we, as consumers, must also play our part. What it takes to implement wage increases […]
It’s been more than a year into COVID-19 and we are likely feeling fatigued by the pandemic. Perhaps some of us have adjusted to the “new normal” while others are still struggling to cope with the different lifestyle the pandemic has brought. There are many groups of people who deserve a special shoutout for their […]
Most keyboard warriors like to comment without knowing facts, thinking that they can get away with their concealed identities. Unfortunately (for him), a netizen Hansen Su, was called out for his baseless comment made in the group, Singapore Security Officers. “Are You Aware?” Without citing reasons, Su called the USE ‘useless’ and accused the union […]
The first countries to pass minimum wage laws were Australia in 1907 and the United States Congress in 1938. Fast forward to 2021, poverty remains a significant problem in these countries. Yet, we still have politicians pushing for something that does not work. Minimum Wage and its potential trade-offs in Singapore Loss of employment When […]
It is in the interest of a cohesive society to lift the wages of workers at the bottom of the ladder. So said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam at the Singapore Perspectives 2021. In the last 10 years, lower-income Singaporeans at the 20th percentile of the income ladder have seen their real incomes increase by about […]
In case you haven’t realised, security officers (like the doctors and nurses y’all clapped for during the Circuit Breaker period) are frontline workers too. Like many of these healthcare workers, cleaners, transport workers, they stood guard to keep us safe even during the Circuit Breaker period! And in the past months, the workload of these […]
In Parliament, Dr Koh Poh Koon said that the risk of a blanket national minimum wage is the inevitable politicisation of minimum wage setting. In a political contest, a political party will likely come along to say $1500 reflects higher “moral imperatives”. Yet another will come and say $1300 is good, $1500 is better, but […]
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.