Updated: 03/04/2013 07:14

Wage Credit Scheme and productivity issues top Post-Budget feedback says REACH Chairman Dr Amy Khor



Wage Credit Scheme and productivity issues top Post-Budget feedback says REACH Chairman Dr Amy Khor


Two topics have been the most discussed on the the government feedback portal, REACH, in the days following the Budget Statement in Parliament. 

These are - the wage credit scheme aimed at helping companies offset labour costs as they restructure, and productivity issues. 

REACH Chairman Dr Amy Khor and two members of its Supervisory Panel engaged Singaporeans on a Facebook chat on Budget 2013 today. 

While participants agreed that the Budget has addressed the concerns of several groups, there were some who continued to champion topics like a minimum wage for workers in Singapore.

As for the Wage Credit scheme, participants described it as "generous", but had concerns that employers may not be willing to share the productivity gains with workers, or may try to exploit loopholes. 

On the tightening of foreign worker policies, Dr Khor said participants worry that higher business costs could eventually be passed on to consumers.

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