Pay increase for airport trolley handlers under progressive wage plan

Passengers at Changi Airport Terminal 1. Airport trolley handlers had their salaries nearly doubled from last month, as part of the labour movement's efforts to lift the pay of outsourced contract workers. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Passengers at Changi Airport Terminal 1. Airport trolley handlers had their salaries nearly doubled from last month, as part of the labour movement's efforts to lift the pay of outsourced contract workers. -- ST FILE PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Airport trolley handlers had their salaries nearly doubled from last month, as part of the labour movement's efforts to lift the pay of outsourced contract workers.

The 240 airport trolley handlers are now earning up to $1,000, up from their monthly pay of $550 to as much as $1,000. Their increase in pay depends on their work attendance and performance.

Besides earning more, these handlers will also get more training to pick up new skills to become more employable.

The recent moves are part of the NTUC's progressive wage model, which sets out a career ladder with pay standards for low-wage workers in various sectors. NTUC assistant secretary-General Cham Hui Fong said on Tuesday that the labour movement will work with other employers to improve the salaries and job opportunities of other airport outsourced contract workers. These include baggage handlers and aircraft interior cleaners.