What can we do about the rising cost of living?

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Inflation and GST- two words that are emotionally charged. It can change a casual chat into a loud and sometimes angry debate, or it may even deflate your spirits as you rework your upcoming plans that require money. Beyond the dismay, most feel about the rising cost of living in the anxiety that things may […]

Government accepts higher wages proposed for Cleaners by Tripartite Cluster

Government accepts higher wages proposed for Cleaners by Tripartite Cluster

Cleaners can look forward to higher wages over six years from 2023, after proposals by the Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC) were accepted by the Government on Monday (Jun 7). Over the years, the base pay of cleaners has risen gradually under the PWM. It now stands at S$1,236. Come July, it will rise to […]

Labour market looking up but retrenchments still loom.

In a joint statement, Mr Patrick Tay, executive secretary of BSFU, and Mr Max Lim, president of SBEU, shared that union leaders will provide support, advice and assistance to affected employees by the retrenchment

And just like that, we are into the second quarter of 2021. Although things are looking up for the job market, more retrenchments may still be on the cards. In the latest high profile retrenchment news in the banking sector, we saw the restructuring exercise of CIMB Singapore. Following a review of its business, CIMB […]

Better work environment and protection for the Private Security Officers

USE Union of Security Employees call for Better Protection for Security Officers

Security officers perform a crucial function of keeping people and property safe but unfortunately, they often bear the brunt of the abuse. In fact, the abuse has gone up. In the latest survey conducted by the Union of Security Employees (USE), close to 4 in 10 Security Officers (42.3%) face abuse at the workplace. This […]

Higher PWM basic wage for cleaners; 3% year-on-year increase till 2022

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Cleaners used to be one of the lowest-paid jobs in Singapore with no prospects to earn more. All that changed with the Progressive Wage Model. Introduced in 2012, Singapore’s Progressive Wage Model is a skill and productivity-based approach to redesigning jobs and restructuring wages in a sustainable way. It is mandatory in the cleaning industry […]

Minimum Wage vs Progressive Wage Model: A Closer Look

Minimum Wage vs Progressive Wage Model

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 […]

COVID-19 Recovery Grant; up to $700 a month for individuals financially impacted by COVID-19

COVID-19 Recovery Grant

More help coming the way of individuals still impacted by the pandemic. Heard of the COVID-19 Recovery Grant? The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will launch the COVID19 Recovery Grant (CRG) on 18 January 2021 to support lower- to middle-income employees and self-employed persons (SEPs) who are financially impacted by COVID-19. Earlier measures […]

Invisible Heroes: Security Officers are Frontline Workers too!

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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 […]