Minimum wage vs Progressive Wage Model: Debate over best way to lift pay of low-wage workers

Some have called for a minimum wage, but the Government has said its Progressive Wage Model works better

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Professor Tommy Koh said that implementing a minimum wage in Singapore would ensure that every worker earns enough to live in dignity and material sufficiency. Former labour chief Lim Boon Heng said in a comment on Prof Koh's Facebook post on Saturda
Professor Tommy Koh said that implementing a minimum wage in Singapore would ensure that every worker earns enough to live in dignity and material sufficience.
Professor Tommy Koh said that implementing a minimum wage in Singapore would ensure that every worker earns enough to live in dignity and material sufficiency. Former labour chief Lim Boon Heng said in a comment on Prof Koh's Facebook post on Saturda
Former labour chief Lim Boon Heng said in a comment on Prof Koh’s Facebook post on Saturday that a minimum wage would make Singapore less competitive and less attractive to multinational companies.
Professor Tommy Koh said that implementing a minimum wage in Singapore would ensure that every worker earns enough to live in dignity and material sufficiency. Former labour chief Lim Boon Heng said in a comment on Prof Koh's Facebook post on Saturda
Labour Chief Ng Chee Meng

At the weekend, a debate on the minimum wage erupted in the comments section of Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh's Facebook page as netizens - including former labour chief Lim Boon Heng - weighed in on how Singapore should lift the incomes of its low-wage workers.

This happened after a forum organised by the Institute of Policy Studies last Friday, at which Manpower Minister Josephine Teo defended the Government's position for not setting a minimum wage in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'What's the best way to lift pay of low-wage workers?'. Subscribe