Labour

MP Zainal: $700 a month enough for a Bangla worker to buy land back home

At a roundtable on wages organised by ST on Friday (30 Nov), five panellists were invited to talk about Singapore’s wage model. The five, former labour chief Lim Boon Heng, Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, labour MP Zainal Sapari, and employers, Mr Kurt Wee and Mr Daniel Thong, sparred on the various labour issues. At one point, Dr Koh mentioned that workers …

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Prof Tommy Koh: Govt resistance towards implementing minimum wage rooted in “fake” ideological arguments

Highlighting that schemes such as the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) and the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) are not the equivalent of a minimum wage, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and professor of law at the National University of Singapore Professor Tommy Koh argued that the Singapore government’s apparent resistance towards implementing a minimum wage in the Republic is rooted …

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MOM’s latest report puts median income for local residents at $4,437 (before CPF contributions)

The median income of full-time employed residents has continued to grow according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Since 2013, the median income has risen by 3.5% to S$4,437, which is significantly higher than the 1.9% rise in the previous five years (2008-2013). That’s $4,437 including employer CPF contributions, which means the median take-home pay after deducting CPF contributions is …

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Baby’s death “could have been avoided” if domestic helper’s welfare was “taken care of”: Jolovan Wham

The tragic death of one-year-old Richelle Teo Yan Jia two years ago could have been prevented had her parents cared for the welfare of their domestic helper, said labour rights activist Jolovan Wham. Mr Wham highlighted in his Facebook post on Thursday (22 Nov) that the domestic helper, identified as Maryani Usman Utar, was subjected to “18-hour” working days “throughout …

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Josephine Teo: My progressive wage model is superior to minimum wage scheme

At a recent IPS conference, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo talked about the superiority of the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) conceived by her government in uplifting the low wage workers in Singapore. “The recent debate on wage inequality points to a deeper sense of social fairness that wants to see everyone progress together. More than handouts, we want a ‘hand-up’,” she …

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