Cleaners’ pay charade must stop?

So many schemes to pretend to help cleaners increase their slave wages?

I refer to the article “Cleaning firms must pay cleaners annual bonus from 2020” (Straits Times, Oct 3).

It states that “Cleaners will receive an income boost from January 2020, when it becomes mandatory for cleaning firms to pay them an annual bonus.

The move will benefit more than 40,000 Singaporeans and permanent residents who work as cleaners, and they may receive up to 4 per cent more in wages each year.”

As to “An annual bonus for cleaners was one of several recommendations put forth by the Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC) two years ago. It also recommended yearly wage adjustments between 2017 and 2022.

In its proposal, the TCC had recommended a minimum annual bonus amount of two weeks of a cleaner’s basic monthly wage” – is this a joke or what?

Take 2 years to announce the implementation of this miserly pay increase, and now take another 2 years to effect it – a total of 4 years!

In this connection, according to the Ministry of Manpower’s  (MOM) web site – Progressive Wage Model  (PWM) Cleaning Sector – “If you have new service contracts that starts from 1 July 2017, you must use the following revised wages” – (at least) $1,060 for Group 1 – Office & Commercial – General/Indoor Cleaners, (and) Group 2 – F & B Establishment – General Cleaners”.

And now with the 2 weeks’ annual bonus by 2020 – it may only increase their basic pay to $1,104 ($1,060 + 2 weeks annual bonus).

Isn’t a basic monthly salary of $1,104 (including employee’s CPF) still very very low?


Leong Sze Hian



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4 Responses to “Cleaners’ pay charade must stop?”

  • opposition dude:

    Uncle Leong, wayang mah so must make it look like something is done loh.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Y2020 is far away. Cleaners are mainly FT.

    Are they saying that $G citizens will become cleaners?

    Or that cleaners will become $G citizens?

    Either way $G is f**ked.

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  • A Nation Of Dumb Parrots:

    There are many other jobs giving slave wages as well, doing none better and need no less help .

    Evil greedy PAP cannot allow the guns to be let loose, so they flogged the dead horse over cleaners as an example to silence other critics that something is seen to be done.

    It’s the usual extended wayangs which they couldn’t outgrow,
    their usual bag of own tricks crafted for simple dafts.

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  • nihon:

    in chibai tiong land, hotel cleaners are paid about 2000 – 2500 rmb with bonus and incentives. security staff are paid about 1600 – 1700 rmb. they get 1 free but lousy work meal.

    as I do not have the purchasing power parity index to compare, but comparing costs of living, sg cleaners n low wage workers are definitely underpaid.

    the problem is many of these cleaning companies bid for contracts at v low prices and have to squeeze sg workers. the unlimited influx of cheaperest fws and fts only depressed theur wages further.

    I think contracts should specify the number of sg workers and their salaries and make sure these firms comply by paying sg workers as contracted.

    abd make sure they do not use phantom sgs, top up their cpf to qualify for more forein worker quota.

    low wages formula for sgs will only aggravate the vicious poverty cycle for those trapped in generational poverty.

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