New wage ladder and $3.5 million training programme for carpenters
Carpenters can look forward to having their own wage ladder from this month.
The National Trades Union Congress has introduced a new voluntary wage ladder for carpenters on Thursday where the minimum monthly basic pay starts at $1,500. When they become more skilled, their minimum monthly basic pay will increase to at least $3,000.
It is the first wage ladder that the labour movement has introduced in what it calls "traditional skills sector" in which Singapore workers are at risk of disappearing as many of them shun these jobs.