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LWWs: Can efforts to help lower-wage workers be sustained?

The tripartite work group on lower-wage workers is just the latest in a series of committees to look at the issue over the decades. What's different this time and will the wage reforms stick for the long term?

In his National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a slew of proposals to raise income and improve welfare of lower-wage workers.PHOTO: ST FILE

As a political reporter in the 2000s covering issues of the day, I very soon learnt to adopt the acronym LWW. This was easier to scribble, when taking notes long-hand, than writing out the term “low-wage workers” in full.

The term occurred often, especially in speeches by ministers, at press conferences on labour issues, and at Parliament sittings. The ubiquity of the term LWW back then, and its resurgence today, speaks volumes of the persistence of the issue.

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