NTUC to increase wages of cleaners ‘progressively’
Posted by temasektimes on June 22, 2012
Instead of the usual ‘cheaper, better and faster’, NTUC Chief Lim Swee Say rolled out his concept of ‘progressive wages’ during a cleaning industry forum yesterday.
Under the concept, NTUC will set specific targets to lift wages of cleaners to S$1,000, S$1,200 and S$1,500 or more.
“Our philosophy, our belief is that every job can be improved in terms of skills, in terms of productivity, in terms of outcomes, in terms of wages,” Mr Lim said.
He added that the progressive wage system will operate under the existing Inclusive Growth Programme and Best Sourcing Initiative and believed the progressive wage approach is a pragmatic one and would be better than implementing a minimum wage policy.
“If we set too low the minimum wage it will not solve the problems faced by the low wage workers. If we impose too high the minimum wage then some of the low wage workers may become unemployable,” Mr Lim said.
Under the unique Singapore system, Mr Lim is also a cabinet minister who is paid more than $1 million dollars a year.