Government launches work group to look into wages, welfare of low-wage workers

SINGAPORE: A new work group that will come up with measures to address issues on the salaries and work environment of low-wage workers was launched on Thursday (Oct 29). 

The Tripartite Workgroup on Lower-Wage Workers will be spearheaded by Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad, and include members from the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation – representing workers and employers respectively. 

The aim of the work group is to raise the salaries and well-being of low-wage workers, particularly by improving the progressive wage model (PWM). 

The PWM refers to “wage ladders” aimed to increase the salaries of low-wage workers through upgrading their skills and improving productivity. It currently covers about 80,000 workers in the cleaning, security and landscaping sectors, and will apply to lift and escalator technicians in 2022. 

The work group will develop policy ideas that include ensuring wage growth in PWM sectors continue to outpace median wage growth, increasing the number of workers covered by the model and expanding the number of occupations covered by the PWM, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a statement. 


Social enterprises play important role in helping vulnerable during Covid-19 pandemic: Masagos

SINGAPORE – Social enterprises play an important role in helping vulnerable groups, especially during a time of crisis like the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, during which they are hit harder than most, said Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli on Saturday (Oct 24).

To help social enterprises during this period, 19 of them have received funding support for the next two years from the Government through the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise’s StayUnited Grant, which has helped to save 83 jobs of vulnerable persons, he added.

Mr Masagos, who was speaking at the FestivalForGood2020, said the grant, which was introduced in March, helps eligible social enterprises sustain their operations and develop products to address social gaps.

“As entities operating in the social-economic nexus, social enterprises are also well-placed to develop and scale innovative, long-term solutions to meet the needs and social challenges of our time,” said Mr Masagos.

He cited the example of social enterprise Spic & Span, which specialises in cleaning technology and employs marginalised and vulnerable Singaporeans.

During the circuit breaker period, the company developed a proprietary anti-bacterial coating to disinfect surfaces for up to six months. It also provided subsidised disinfectant services of up to $250,000 in value, said Mr Masagos.


Spic & Span among 7 recipients to be awarded the IPOS Innovation for Humanity Award 2020!

Spic & Span was among 7 recipients to be awarded the IPOS Innovation for Humanity Award 2020! The award celebrates how bright sparks in ingenuity, inventiveness, and creativity work together to solve one of humanity’s greatest challenges of our time.

We are thankful and privileged to be standing amongst other industry innovators in this unprecedented time. We will continue to stay committed to our goal of effecting social impact through innovative enterprise growth!


“Championing the Cause of Inclusivity at Work”

SG Enable

Social causes need champions to move not just hearts and minds, but the society forward. These two individuals – Benjamin Chua and George Lam – have done exactly that.

Benjamin Chua and George Lam are champions in every sense of the word.

For the work they have done to hire and support persons with disabilities in the workforce, they were honoured with the Enabling Champion Award at the 5thEnabling Employers Awards, organised by SG Enable. Find out what they did.

A cleaning service with heart 

Benjamin, 31, left a job in venture capitalism in 2016 when he heard about several older workers who had been retrenched. Soon after, he started a cleaning business to hire them, working with social service agencies from day one and partnering them to provide jobs for marginalised Singaporeans. Today, the company has grown into a sustainable business with a pool of corporate clients.


Graduating students can apply for over 11,000 traineeships from June 1

Fabian Koh, The Straits Times, May 31, 2020

SINGAPORE – Graduates will be able to apply for traineeships under the SGUnited Traineeships Programme, from Monday (June 1), Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said on Facebook on Sunday (May 31).

And to make it easier for students to search for the traineeships that suit them, a Virtual Career Fair for traineeships is being held later in June.

“To ensure that our graduates have a meaningful traineeship experience, we work closely with interested host organisations to put in place traineeships with clear development plans, before these traineeships get approved by Singapore Business Federation (SBF), our programme partner,” said Mrs Teo.


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