Straits Times Forum
May 12, 2012
WE THANK Mr Leong Sze Hian for his concerns on the wages of staff in the NTUC Social Enterprises (‘NTUC should set the example by paying its staff more’; Tuesday).
As part of the labour movement, NTUC Social Enterprises pay fair and competitive wages to staff.
With bonuses and allowances, the average monthly gross wage of a full-time retail assistant/cashier in FairPrice exceeds $1,000 to reach as high as $1,750. At Unity, it also exceeds $1,000 to reach as high as $1,700 for full-time pharmacy assistants.
We also provide staff and welfare benefits. These include staff discounts on purchases at our stores, as well as comprehensive medical and dental benefits.
Unity extends some of these benefits to the spouses and children of staff; FairPrice offers study grants to the children of staff.
During tough times like the period of global inflation in 2008, FairPrice distributed $1.5 million worth of FairPrice vouchers to help staff cope with the rapid rise in cost of living.
NTUC Social Enterprises value every worker and strongly believe in training and enhancing our productivity. This is the best way for us to secure better wages for our staff while helping our customers stretch their dollar.
Rebecca Teo (Ms)
Director, Human Resources
NTUC FairPrice Co-operative