30 May '15, 5am

National Wage Council’s latest recommendation shows that it is caught between a rock and a hard place:

The National Wage Council (NWC) yesterday (May 29, 2015) recommended that low-wage workers with a basic monthly salary of $1,100 or less are set to receive a pay hike of $60 in 2015/2016 if employers abide by the recommendations. Although this could benefit some 127,000 workers, many netizens lamented that $60 is too insignificant an amount to do anything in Singapore. Despite being the fourth consecutive year that the council has proposed a minimum built-in wage increment (it recommended $50 in 2012, $60 in 2013 and 2014), the council has been whacked for being just a wayang sideshow. Even with the new $1,100 cap breaking the psychological barrier of $1,000, people are still not satisfied. Although the $1,100 cap means that more workers get to enjoy increments, NWC is clearly incapable of doing the right things. Not even the fact that productivity fell 0.8% and real basic...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2015/05/national-wage-councils-lates...

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