Tag Archives: Low Wages

MY BOSS REFUSES TO PAY MY SALARY, MOM SAYS THEY CANNOT HELP

I have been working with Aspect Security Management Pte Ltd for the past 5 months as a relief guard. My boss name is Mr TAJUDIN. Even though I was a relief guard, I was required to work everyday from 7am to 7pm Monday to Sunday. Sometimes, I was even required to work night shift due to lack of manpower. Initially, I was given daily pay by the end of the day. Then, he changed the pay days where I was paid every 2- 3 days once. Now, I have not received my pay since the 4th of January. He owes me $910. Each time I callhim, he either does not answer my calls or keeps telling me that he will call me back. From what I have heard, none of his employees and relief guards have received their pay yet.

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REAL WAGES GREW ONLY 1.35% PER YEAR IN THE LAST DECADE?

To put these figures in perspective – a worker earning $1,000 10 years ago (in 2004) would have a real increase in his or her basic wage (excluding employer CPF contribution) and total wage (including employer CPF contribution) of only $144 ($14 per year) and $207 ($21 per year) respectively.

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RETAIL WORKERS’ REAL INCOME HAS FALLEN BY 27% OVER PAST 15 YEARS

Under the Retail SMP, retailers will get support from the Government in enhancing jobs and business models. More training opportunities will also be provided for retail employees and students. The plan covers four key initiatives, starting with a business remodelling and job redesign study to identify skills and training needs for retail jobs of the future.

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SECURITY GUARDS: LOW PAY, LONG HOURS?

It states that ”"We have to be more creative, we have to reclaim jobs,” said Mr Tan, adding that the industry, which comprises about 75,000 licensed guards, is still short of around 10,000 to 15,000 people.” These new initiatives as well as those in the past few years do not seem to be very effective, because we may not be addressing the root causes vigorously.

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WHY SINGAPOREANS ARE HIGHLY EDUCATED BUT LOWLY PAID

Today, degree holders are everywhere, not only within SG but all around the world. Many job openings are greeted by hundreds of resumes... how is your qualification any better than all the other candidates? The harsh truth is that a degree in 1955 is a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE from a degree in 2015... yes, even a law degree from the same prestigious UK university... So who do you think will make more money? A person who is highly educated or a person who has the right connections and most relevant experience?

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