Cold Storage: We will ‘review’ wages of our low-income workers
Posted by temasektimes on July 7, 2012
Mr Patrick Lee’s brother earns only less than S$1,000 monthly after working for 20 years at Cold Storage which did not adopt the recent guidelines recommended by the National Wage Council to raise the wages of low-income workers.
In a letter to the Straits Times Forum today, Jassie Ling, the Marketing Communications Manager of Cold Storage replied that the company “has always strived to be a responsible employer as we believe in paying fair and competitive wages to all our team members.”
“We conduct a wage review for our rank-and-file staff every year, and our review that will be conducted later this month will consider the recommendation made by the National Wages Council to give a minimum increment of $50 for employees earning monthly salaries of $1,000 and below,” she wrote.
She added that Cold Storage also “offer an attractive employment package that includes staff discounts (unlimited spending on purchases across our group), medical benefits and 14 days of annual leave for all our retail staff, which is double the leave stipulated by the Employment Act.”
“As a leading and trusted employer, we value our staff’s contributions and we emphasise caring for our employees,” she ended.
The wages of Singapore’s low-income workers have remained stagnant in the past decade or so due to the relentless influx of cheap foreign workers.