Task Force to Study Raising Wages of Low Income Workers

Ng Chee Meng/Facebook
Ng Chee Meng/Facebook

Fill Me In

On 11 October, Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo and secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Ng Chee Meng announced that a new task force would be formed to study how to raise the wages of low-income workers and push productivity growth.

Known as the Tripartite Workgroup on Lower Wage Workers, the task force will work on expanding the progressive wage model (PWM), and partner with companies to raise productivity, thereby achieving a ā€œwin-win for employers and workersā€, according to Ngā€™s Facebook post. This will be done by pushing for the development of mandatory PWMs in more sectors.

ā€œWe want to expand PWM to cover more workers while protecting their employability. Their families depend on them, and we must not take this concern lightly or treat it academically,ā€ said Teo in her Facebook post, adding the availability and nature of work is going through deep change at all levels.

The taskforce will also allow for the study of other approaches towards raising the wages and well-being of lower income workers, such as through sectoral or occupational wage benchmarks for sectors where it is more difficult to implement the PWM.

What is the PWM?

According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the PWM was developed to ā€œuplift low-wage workers in the cleaning, security and landscape sectorsā€.

It benefits workers by mapping out a clear career pathway for their wages to rise along with training and improvements in productivity and standards. It now covers around 80,000 workers in the cleaning, security and landscaping sectors.

Why is there a need for the Tripartite Workgroup on Lower Wage Workers?

According to Ngā€™s post, he said that the formation of the task force came about as the result of a meeting with Mrs Teo and the president of Singapore National Employers Federation Robert Yap.

Teo also mentioned that Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat also recently shared his belief that a tripartite workgroup looking into the welfare of lower-wage workers would be especially beneficial, given the economic impact of COVID-19.

Having a tripartite workgroup will enable key stakeholders to examine issues holistically, so as to find the best solution for Singaporeā€™s workers and businesses.

Although she noted that it may take a while for a consensus to form, she re-emphasised the need to ensure that ā€œ[Singaporeā€™s] lower-wage workers… can emerge stronger from the crisis brought about by COVID-19.ā€

 

Join the conversations on THG’sĀ FacebookĀ andĀ Instagram, and get the latest updates viaĀ Telegram.

YOU MIGHT LIKE

SPOTLIGHT

LATEST UPDATE

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get the latest articles and insights right to your inbox!

You might like

Spotlight

Latest updates

BROWSE BY TAGS

Welcome Back!

Login to your account below

Create New Account!

Fill the forms below to register

Retrieve your password

Please enter your username or email address to reset your password.

Are you sure want to unlock this post?
Unlock left : 0
Are you sure want to cancel subscription?