Low Wage Workers

WORKFARE IS A START, TIME TO DO MORE FOR LOW WAGE WORKERS

Recently, Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Tan Chuan Jin released a video on the People's Action Party (PAP) Facebook page to explain why the government has chosen to implement the "Workfare" scheme as opposed to a minimum wage in Singapore. Mr Tan says: "What Workfare does is help to boost what individuals may be earning, but without imposing that burden on companies that may be worried about their bottom line. This is meant to help individuals, to make sure they remain employable.” He warns that if a minimum wage is imposed, we may face the same situation where companies unable to bear the burden of extra costs close down or ship off to other countries, causing more Singaporeans to lose their jobs instead. To many of us who have seen this happen in neighboring countries like Australia, this is a fair warning.

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