Progressive Wage Model: Yup, you read it right. Someone in the HardwareZone forum actually compared Security Officers in Singapore to dogs. Check out some of the atrocious and outright demeaning comments hurled at these poor guys who are trying to earn a decent living to support their families but don’t get the basic respect they […]

3 reasons why Singaporeans could be rather contradictory

Singaporeans always want the best deals for most things. We don’t like to “lugi”. But when we are on the other side of the fence, we don’t mind if people receive the shorter end of the stick as long as it doesn’t affect us and we are still in a somewhat good and comfortable position. […]

Chan Chun Sing’s pet peeves with the buyers of private security services…

The fact that a Labour Chief Chan Chun Sing has dedicated his second  blogpost to security, may possibly mean that it’s something that weighs heavily on his mind. NTUC Secretary General Chan Chun Sing published his second blogpost over the weekend which touched on the topic of the security industry in Singapore. In it, he even […]

WP is wrong about Minimum Wage

The Workers’ Party in releasing their Manifesto for the coming GE 2015 proposed a national minimum wage. The minimum wages, it said will be pegged to the average expenditure of a four-person household on essential items such as food and clothing. New WP candidate Leon Perera suggests that the minimum wages start at 80% of […]

Skepticism about the Progressive Wage Model

A skeptical Ms. Ling Poh Wah wrote in to the Straits Times airing her doubts about the Progressive Wage Model for the security industry.  These are some of her arguments: That the monthly basic wage of security guards rising by 37.5% is unfair to both the security guards and service buyers. This is attributed to […]

4 myths about the Progressive Wage Model

  One favorite grouse is Singapore has no minimum wage to help low wage workers. That’s wrong. The Progressive Wage has an element of Minimum Wage to it, and more – it enforces the progressive increase of a worker’s wage over the years.   Myth 1: Minimum wage beats progressive wage Progressive wage has levels […]

The Progressive Wage Model is in force today

  If you are a cleaner, or know someone who is a cleaner, why not help them understand why their salaries are increasing? This year, the country has implemented a career growth policy called the “Progressive Wage Model” (PWM). Under the PWM, employers are required to adopt a career building program, which includes helping staff […]

Swiss rejects the minimum wage

  First, the Swiss wanted a minimum income (http://www.fivestarsandamoon.com/what-minimum-wage-this-country-wants-minimum-income/) now the unions have asked for a referendum to pass what could have been the highest minimum wage in the world at 4,000 Swiss Francs (S$5600). They certainly have a taste for the extreme. An overwhelming majority of the Swiss have voted against the minimum wage (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27459178) […]

5 Reasons Why The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) May Be The Best Thing Since Kaya Toast

  The following letter has been contributed by Andy Tay.    1 – Just the words “Progressive Wage” sounds like we are moving forward and getting better. Compared that to “Minimum Wage” – alamak… maintain at minimum only? How can?   2 – The PWM targets specific lower income generating industries and helps the Singaporean […]

Minimum Wage: The UK needs a major reform

  The UK is increasing its minimum wage by 19p an hour to £6.50 – and is in need of major reform. And who had the audacity to say this? Oh, just the man who set it up 15 years ago – Professor Sir George Bain. According to Sir George, the minimum wage policy has […]