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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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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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political auction minimum wage

Minimum wage risks becoming a political auction as parties try to outdo each other to be popular.

PWM does not share this risk as the sectoral minimum wage is negotiated by a tripartite group.

Minimum wage risks becoming a political auction as parties try to outdo each other to be popular. PWM does not share this risk as the sectoral minimum wage is negotiated by a tripartite group.



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