Wider government plan to help bridge wage gap
Aid for low-income includes subsidies, Workfare and retraining
Good jobs and wages backed up by an array of targeted schemes to help lower-income households are part of the Government's plan to tackle the wage gap, Minister of State for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said on Monday.
In the first Parliament sitting since Professor Lim Chong Yah's radical proposal to push up wages at the bottom, Mr Tan laid out the multi-pronged approach to helping low-income families, saying wages are only part of the equation.
What the Government has put in place, he said, is a 'comprehensive and active strategy to help low-income families improve their overall quality of life and share in Singapore's continued progress'.
The help includes subsidies for housing, education and health care, income top-ups through Workfare, funds for retraining, and support for companies that pledge to share their productivity gains with lower-wage workers.