Rise in pay for security guards put off
Firms worried higher basic salary will add to costs
A move to raise security guards' pay has stalled because many firms are worried that it may increase their costs.
This means that for the foreseeable future, a security guard's monthly basic salary of $800 will continue to be $200 less than what a cleaner gets.
The impasse could hobble the labour movement's progressive wage model, which was introduced in June last year to increase workers' salaries through better skills and higher productivity.
So far, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has set minimum pay benchmarks in sectors such as cleaning, transport and hotel.
BULK OF SALARY COMES FROM OVERTIME
We are not like landscaping or cleaning, which are based on a straightforward eight hours of work per day without overtime.
- Mr T. Mogan, president of the Security Association of Singapore, which represents about 130 firms. He believes higher basic pay will increase overheads.