Wages

NO WAGE INCREASE FOR 80% OF LOW WAGE S'POREANS SINCE 2012

It states that “On Wednesday, the National Wages Council (NWC) urged employers to raise the pay of workers earning up to $1,200 per month by between $45 and $60 this year. This is the sixth year in a row it has recommended minimum pay hikes for low-wage workers. The amount was set at $50 in 2012 and raised to $60 in 2013, where it stayed for three years. Last year, the recommended hike was a range – from $50 to $65.

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48HR WORK WEEK, 1.5K PAY, NO WONDER F&B NEED FOREIGNERS

A netizen recently related his experience of applying for an F&B position at Auntie Annie's pretzel shop. His experience explains why his no Singaporean will ever work in F&B, and why cheap foreigners are pushing down living wages for Singaporeans.

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S'POREAN SALARIES ROSE BY 5.4% IN 2015

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in its annual report on wages that real wages rose 5.4% in Singapore in 2015 despite negative inflation. For the private sector, nominal wages grew only 4%, a 0.9% drop from 2014. Due to poorer economic conditions, companies turned a smaller profit and fewer companies gave salary increases.

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ELDERLY S'POREANS RESIGNED TO WORKING AS LOW PAYING CLEANERS & SERVICE STAFF?

As to “Most employed Singaporeans and permanent residents over age 60 work as cleaners, labourers, machine operators, and service and sales workers, according to MOM statistics last year” – these are generally low-pay jobs. According to the MOM’s wages benchmarking tool – the age 50 to 59 median basic pay for cleaners in office and other establishments, labourers (general) and retail assistants/shop sales assistants, was only $1,000, $1,000, $1,251, respectively. Don’t you find it rather sad and alarming that most of the elderly are working in such low-pay jobs?

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REASON WHY NO S'POREANS WILLING TO WORK AS MAIDS OR CLEANERS

No Singaporean is willing to work as a maid in a private family. Almost no Singaporean is willing to do more physically challenging, unpleasant plus potentially dangerous jobs. Just a few are willing to work as foremen or supervisors at worksites” – no Singaporean can survive on a maid’s pay of about $500 and Singaporeans are competing literally with the whole world who can come here as tourists to look for jobs.

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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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