I refer to the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Report on Wage Practices 2016 released on 30 May.
It states that “Among the private establishments with low-wage employees earning a monthly basic wage of
up to $1,100, 40% granted wage increases to those employees in 2016, lower than the 46% in
Earning below $1,100 monthly means that after excluding the employer and employee CPF contributions – the net take home pay may typically be only about $752.
This is already a very low pay. So, the wage credit scheme to employers to encourage them to give pay increases is clearly a failure.
Can you imagine earning less than $752 and not getting any increment?
Our labour policies such as not having a minimum wage and liberal foreign labour policies are clearly failing hundreds of thousands of lower wage Singaporean workers.
Looking at these dismal numbers – the May 1 Labour Day messages from the union movement are a shame and disgrace to our so called first world nation.
Leong Sze Hian