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Minimum Wage vs Progressive Wage Model

Move aside the national minimum wage. The Labour Movement has made huge progress in increasing the productivity of the workforce and helping improve the welfare of low-wage workers through various schemes, like the Job Redesign programme targeted at older workers so smarter jobs can be catered for them.

The tripartite efforts have resulted in many opportunities for workers to up-skill and access training workshops to broaden their skill sets which can help in their job search and overall social mobility.



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minimum wage

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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PWM incomes for workers without risking job loss

98.3% are already earning more than $1300 a month. PWM will be extended to all sectors.

With the PWM for the Lift and Escalator ready to phase in and the proposal for the Waste Management sector submitted, the number earning less than $1300 will be further reduced.

With sectorial benchmarks for sectors currently without a PWM, what WP wants to achieve with MW is already achieved through PWM, WIS and these other policy measures.

98.3% are already earning more than $1300 a month. PWM will be extended to all sectors. With the PWM for the Lift and Escalator ready to phase in and the proposal for the Waste Mangement sector submitted, the number earning less than $1300 will be further reduced. With sectoral benchmarks for sectors currently without a PWM, what WP wants to achieve with MW is already achieved through PWM, WIS and these other policy measures.



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Raymond Chin PWM Progressive Wage Model

It took time and hard work to roll out the progressive Wage models. Because for something to work, you have to convince and bring every stakeholder on board. You have to take into account the needs of the industries, the interests of both employers and employees.

All of these require careful considerations and study. It is not like setting a min wage where you decide on what you think is an acceptable wage without due considerations for all other aspects.



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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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