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MINISTERIAL COMMITTEES ON SALARIES, FOREIGNERS & HEALTHCARE NOT USEFUL AT ALL?

We refer to the article “No mystery to setting up of ministerial committee on Oxley Road house: Tharman” (Straits Times, Jun 22). It states that “Some Ministerial committees may sit for just a few months, because the problems can be sorted out quickly. But there are also committees that have to stay engaged for years – sometimes with new Ministers coming in – such as on foreign worker policies, and funding healthcare and retirement needs.”

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DRONE WAITER STARTUP WITH SG GOVT FUNDING CHARGED WITH NOT PAYING SALARIES

Woon Junyang, a former SAF scholar and officer, has been charged by the Ministry of Manpower over unpaid employee salaries. According to the ministry, Junyang faces 3 counts of failing to "pay salary to employee upon dismissal" and 1 count of failing to pay salary "due on termination by the employee due to breach of contract by the employer".

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MOM NOT DOING ENOUGH TO PENALIZE ERRANT EMPLOYERS

As to “Last year, the MOM received 9,000 complaints against 4,500 employers who did not pay their workers. About 95 per cent of the cases were resolved by the ministry and the Labour Court, Mr Lim said” – does it mean that on the average – only about 1.2 per cent (53 divided by 4,500) of the employers who were the subject of non-payment of salary complaints, were hauled to court in a year?

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GIVING LOW WAGE CLEANERS REASON TO CELEBRATE FOR 6 YEARS, REALLY?

In an unprecedented move, the Government has accepted the plan. This is despite the fact that it goes against longstanding principles of linking pay hikes to productivity, and keeping the labour market flexible by having market forces set salaries. What is novel this time is that the national committee, having set the minimum salaries, is pushing for pay hikes for cleaners over the next six years. The one plausible explanation: The move is necessary to prevent cleaners’ salaries from stagnating again.

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SDP: TIME TO REVIEW OUR "EXCEPTIONAL" MINISTER'S SALARIES & WHY

Municipally, there has been a horrific spate of mishaps including HDB-lift malfunctions which killed a man and severely injured two women. Heavy concrete structures on HDB blocks in Choa Chu Kang, Tampines and MacPherson estates crumbled off due to shoddy construction which could have ended in fatalities. Then there is, of course, the interminable breakdowns of the MRT system which the authorities remain at a loss on how to fix. The pedestrian leadership deserves a salary level that is commensurate with its ability. The ministers must go beyond a symbolic salary cut – that is, if they are thinking of staging a show of “solidarity” with the people.

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