Pay a little bit more attention to the kind of employment benefits given by the service provider to the workers, because I believe workers with better employment benefits, better wages, they would generally be more, more motivated.
He also hopes that contracts could be longer in duration to help service providers recoup any investments that have been put in to serve the contracts.
Also, if contracts are renewed every two years and the existing service provider is doing a good job, could the service buyer allow its service provider to put in a higher tender price?
This way, employees under the service provider can get better employment benefits too.
Limitations of the Progressive Wage Model
The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for the cleaning industry in Singapore was legislated to help uplift cleaners’ wages and skills.
With the implementation of Progressive Wage Model in 2015, cleaners who were previously earning $600 to $800 benefited from a 20 to 30 percent pay rise.
A general cleaner now earns minimum $1,000 while a machine operator earns at least $1,400. At the supervisory level, cleaners will earn $1,600.
However, NTUC is mindful that PWM is not a magic pill either.
For example, the PWM does not include annual increments and bonuses even if cleaners have done a good job.
Should cleaners get more protection against receiving worse benefits?
In NTUC Zainal Sapari’s latest blogpost, he wrote that cleaners asked if he could help do something to stop their annual leave from being reset to seven days and salary being cut when they are hired by a new employer.
Very few cleaners also get their “13th” month bonus because it is not mandatory by law.
Sounds familiar? Yep, the cleaners in Barcelona were probably facing similar issues.