Roundtable on wages in an age of disruption

Are workers in Singapore getting a fair share of the pie?

Five panellists talk about Singapore's wage model - former labour chief Lim Boon Heng, Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh, labour MP Zainal Sapari, and giving the employers' perspective, Mr Kurt Wee and Mr Daniel Thong.
(From left) Moderator and ST Opinion editor Chua Mui Hoong with Mr Daniel Thong, co-founder of cleaning start-up Nimbus; Mr Lim Boon Heng, former labour chief; Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large; Mr Zainal Sapari, NTUC assistant secretary-gener
(From left) Moderator and ST Opinion editor Chua Mui Hoong with Mr Daniel Thong, co-founder of cleaning start-up Nimbus; Mr Lim Boon Heng, former labour chief; Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large; Mr Zainal Sapari, NTUC assistant secretary-general; and Mr Kurt Wee, president of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises at Friday's roundtable.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Are Singapore workers at the low end underpaid? Will a minimum wage be better than the current Progressive Wage Model and Workfare to raise their pay? Are consumers willing to accept higher prices as a result? Five panellists spar on these issues at a roundtable on wages organised by The Sunday Times on Friday.

ST: Whenever the issue of minimum wage comes up, I hear responses from government ministers, (using) exactly the same line: "We have no ideological objection to a minimum wage."

So is if there's no ideological objection, why not try it?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 02, 2018, with the headline 'Are workers in S'pore getting a fair share of the pie?'. Print Edition | Subscribe