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Proposed tiered-wage model to up cleaners' pay

Amendment to law will lead to tiered pay system; security sector next in line

Published on Jan 9, 2014 6:46 AM
 
Mr Arif Bin Jumaat, 40, a cleaner at NTUC Building, on Jan 8, 2014. All 55,000 local cleaners in Singapore will earn at least $1,000 each month from September, up from $850 now. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

All 55,000 local cleaners in Singapore will earn at least $1,000 each month from September, up from $850 now.

In a bold move, the government is introducing an amendment to the law in Parliament this month which, when passed and implemented, will in effect set a tiered wage system for different jobs in the cleaning sector.

A full-time indoor cleaner will earn at least $1,000 a month.

Those who are trained to handle cleaning machines will earn at least $1,400, and a supervisor, $1,600 - all salary levels which are negotiated with employers and unions.

 
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Background story

NOT WAGE-SETTING

This is a targeted approach, not a national minimum wage. We are using licensing rules to ensure progressive wages in these industries because of the prevalence of cheap-sourcing in the two industries. Cheap-sourcing practices discourage wages, skills and quality from moving up in the way they do in most other industries.

- Mr Tharman, referring to the cleaning and security industries