Updated: 05/03/2013 03:14

The progressive wage model may become a must for cleaning companies in Singapore



The progressive wage model may become a must for cleaning companies in Singapore

The government is looking into the possiblity of making it mandatory for cleaning companies to adopt the progressive wage model before they are allowed to operate. 

And the National Trades Union Congress or NTUC is working with the hospitality, shipping, engineering and transportation sectors to roll out the progressive wage model. 

The progressive wage model raises the salaries of low-wage workers by increasing productivity and upgrading of skills. 

This was revealed by labour MP Zainal Sapari on Talkback this morning. 

At the annual May Day Rally yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government is setting an example by incorporating the progressive wage model into its regulations for the cleaning sector. 

It will do so for the security industry and will take the lead in best-sourcing. 

Mr Lee also said the NTUC is working with companies to roll out the progressive wage model in 12 industry sectors. 

"We have made a lot of progress in the cleaning sector because we were able to identify the lever to make sure that there can be a systemic adoption across the industry."

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