Tag: Minimum Wage

Jamus Lim on monopoly on compassion: the current balance overwhelmingly favours efficiency

  Singapore – Opposition Workers' Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP), Jamus Lim, took to social media to give a follow-up on the topic of 'monopoly on compassion,' a statement made by Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in response to Mr Lim's maiden speech in Parliament. During...

6 PAP MPs challenge WP’s Jamus Lim on his speech in Parliament

Singapore – Six Members of Parliament from the People's Action Party (PAP), including Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam challenged Workers' Party (WP) MP, Jamus Lim, on his speech during the Parliament debate over minimum wage and policymaking on Thursday (September 3). Members from the online...

Instagram user retracts earlier criticism over elderly cleaner

Singapore -- In a series of now-deleted Instagram screenshots posted by user Koh Meng Shuen on Monday (July 27), he had mentioned how the lack of a minimum wage law in Singapore was affecting those who were living on unsustainable wages. He had spoken about...

SDP goes to Twitter to answer queries on minimum wage and ministerial pay cuts

Singapore – Opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) took to Twitter to answer more questions from the public as a means of expanding their digital outreach for the upcoming General Elections. On Saturday (June 27), from 2pm to 5pm, SDP’s Ms Min Cheong, Dr James Gomez...

YouGov: Almost half of Singaporeans believe maids should be paid under S$600/month

Singapore—New research from YouGov shows that nearly half of Singaporeans, or 48 percent, think that domestic helpers in the country should be paid less than S$600 monthly. Fifty-two percent believe that they should be paid more than that amount. YouGov’s research centered around what Singaporeans...

Dr Chee meets 65-year-old cleaner earning $6/hour, calls for minimum wage to be implemented

Following a breakfast meeting at Bukit Batok Single-Member Constituency (SMC), the Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) Dr Chee Soon Juan called for a minimum wage scheme to be implemented in Singapore. The party’s Secretary-general spoke to a number of residents who were worried about the job...

Netizens to Josephine Teo, who called minimum wage unfeasible, ‘What about ministers’ salaries?’

Speaking at a panel discussion during the 30th anniversary of the Institute of Policy Studies 30th Anniversary conference at Marina Bay Sands last Friday, October 26, the Minister of Manpower said that implementing minimum wage would be too financially burdensome on employers and may...

Politics, Jobs and Wages in 2013/4

By Kumaran Pillai There are two words that come to my mind when I think of politics in Singapore. It may not be apparent but if one were to reflect on it, he or she may end up with the same conclusions - it is...

Underpaid, overworked and…

By Elias Tan Singaporeans are, especially those in low-paying sectors, “grossly underpaid”. With these words economist and former boss of the National Wages Council Professor Lim Chong Yah sparked off a debate some time ago. And now there is a lot of talk going on in...

Why The Fight For Minimum Wage in Singapore is Pointless

The minimum wage is an issue that just won't die in Singapore, even though MPs have “killed” the issue on numerous occasions by raving about how great Workfare is for low-income workers. Unfortunately for them, the minimum wage seems to be the Freddy Krueger...