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18 cleaning firms get licences under new wage system

85% of 900 cleaning firms yet to submit applications for NEA approval

Published on May 7, 2014 8:05 AM
Managing director Chu Soon Chye of Leng Yan General Services and Supplier, which has just 60 cleaners, said the firm got staff to do their jobs in the morning so that they can attend training courses in the afternoon . -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

A pioneer batch of 18 cleaning companies received their licences to operate yesterday under a move to improve the wages of cleaners.

The firms range from cleaning giant Veolia ES Singapore Industrial, which has over 1,000 staff, to Leng Yan General Services and Supplier, which has 60 cleaners.

These firms are now bound by law to pay their workers a minimum monthly basic wage of $1,000. The salary increases to $1,600 for cleaning supervisors.

Another 110 or so firms have submitted licence applications to the National Environment Agency (NEA), but about 85 per cent of the estimated 900 cleaning firms here have yet to do so.

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We have to change and adapt if we want the cleaners to upgrade skills and earn higher pay.

- Mr Chu Soon Chye, managing director of Leng Yan General Services and Supplier