Low-wage workers raise concerns; labour movement looking into solutions
The labour movement released findings on Sunday from focus group sessions held to identify the concerns of low-wage workers, reassuring them that steps are being looked into to address these anxieties.
Chief among the worries are low salaries that do not keep up with inflation, discrimination, lack of support given, lack of awareness of employment rights, and inaccessible training opportunities.
Mr Zainal Sapari, director of the National Trades Union Congress Unit for Contract and Casual Workers, highlighted the need for stronger support in terms of training and upgrading opportunities, and to raise public awareness of some of the challenges faced.
The union is looking into extending its Progressive Wage Model to include the security and landscaping industries, as well as carpark attendants. It is also exploring the setting up of a 'one-stop centre' for low-wage workers to seek help and redress on workplace-related issues.