NTUC: Public sector should review salaries for older, re-employed workers

An elderly person goes up the escalator. The private sector has done well in remunerating older, re-employed workers, a survey by the National Trades Union Congress has shown. -- BT FILE PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN
An elderly person goes up the escalator. The private sector has done well in remunerating older, re-employed workers, a survey by the National Trades Union Congress has shown. -- BT FILE PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN

The private sector has done well in remunerating older, re-employed workers, a survey by the National Trades Union Congress has shown.

The survey of more than 100 unionised companies showed that about four in five companies keep the salaries of re-employed workers intact if they are doing the same work as before.

A similar survey conducted by the Ministry of Manpower, which included a larger sample of companies, yielded similar results, said deputy secretary-general of NTUC, Mr Heng Chee How.

Mr Heng added that he has shared the findings of the surveys with the public sector, which uses a formula to implement tiered cuts in pay when a worker is re-employed.

Mr Heng added that he is hopeful the public sector will review its practices to make them more aligned with the broad reality in the private sector.

Mr Heng was addressing an audience on Sunday morning at the annual U Live Symposium organised by NTUC, which features workshops and talks for active seniors.