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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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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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