Lim Swee Say: We should not always look at the low-wages jobs as always a low-wage job
Posted by temasektimes on June 24, 2012
Speaking to queries from the media, NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say explained that raising the wages of these low-wage workers is just the beginning.
“Not only do we want to help them to up their wages, we also have to do our very best to ensure their wages will go up faster rate than the medium wage.”
He added that that Singaporeans should not always look at low-wage jobs as such:
“Secondly, we should not always look at the low-wages jobs as always a low-wage job, because the other developed countries have done in a very different way and the workers take pride in what they do, the public shows them respect and they earn a very decent salary.”
Singapore has one of the highest income gap between the rich and poor in the world. The wages of the low-income group have stagnant over the last decade or so due to the relentless influx of cheap foreign workers.