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Shanmugam: Government has 'comprehensive solution' to help low-wage workers

Published on Mar 19, 2014 1:14 PM
 
The Government has adopted a "comprehensive solution" to uplift lower-paid workers, Law Minister K Shanmugam said on Wednesday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The Government has adopted a "comprehensive solution" to uplift lower-paid workers, Law Minister K Shanmugam said on Wednesday.

It has offered them help and subsidies in the areas of housing, education, employment, and healthcare needs, he said after a fundraising event organised by the Amalgamated Union of Public Daily Rated Workers (AUPDRW).

Mr Shanmugam, an adviser to the union, believes the multi-faceted approach has worked to "really push them up" but stressed the importance of upgrading their skills.

"You don't want to be in a situation where they are continuously doing the same job without upgrading," he said. "So we encourage the union and work with (them) to make sure their skills are upgraded. As a result, the kinds of jobs they are doing now are different from what they were doing earlier - though the actual cleaning up is the same."

 
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