NTUC's salary relief scheme for low-wage workers

NTUC will help low-wage workers whose companies are unable to pay them.
NTUC will help low-wage workers whose companies are unable to pay them.PHOTO: ST FILE

The labour movement will offer more help to low-wage workers whose companies are unable to pay them, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) assistant secretary-general Zainal Sapari announced yesterday.

It is in talks with the Manpower Ministry to start a salary relief assistance scheme for workers earning $1,900 and below, which will provide a one-off payment to tide them over should their employers go bankrupt.

"For some low-wage workers, when their company cannot pay them for whatever reason, they are in dire straits," Mr Zainal told the media at Orchid Country Club. "Hopefully this would help them manage their daily cost of living."

The relief will kick in if the worker has not been paid within 30 days after a labour court order.

The scheme will be launched by next year.

NTUC is also pushing for licensing requirements for companies in the cleaning, security and landscape sectors to include adopting National Wages Council recommendations for salary increments.

At a fund-raising dinner last night, NTUC secretary-general Chan Chun Sing said the NTUC-U Care Fund has raised nearly $11.3 million this year from 288 donors, including $537,000 donated in memory of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. The fund offers financial assistance to low-income members and their families.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2015, with the headline 'NTUC's salary relief scheme for low-wage workers'. Print Edition | Subscribe