‘NTUC should set the example by paying its staff more.’

Straits Times Forum

May 8, 2012

About that call

‘NTUC should set the example by paying its staff more.’

MR LEONG SZE HIAN: ‘I understand that NTUC FairPrice and NTUC Unity Healthcare’s wages for their retail staff are among the lowest in their respective industry sectors (‘Raise pay or risk losing low-wage staff: NTUC’; last Friday). Apparently, a retail employee is generally paid less than $1,000 a month, and part-time staff earn about $5 an hour. If this is so, NTUC should set the example by paying its staff more, instead of exhorting employers to pay more or risk losing their low-wage staff.’

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.