Nov 05, 2013

    WP also plans to reward cleaners

    CLEANERS at all town councils run by the People's Action Party (PAP) are getting a pay rise from this month under the labour movement's progressive-wage model, but those under town councils run by the Workers' Party are not being left out.

    In response to media queries, the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council said yesterday that it recently awarded a conservancy contract in which bidders had to use a similar model.

    Details about the tender and wages of the cleaners were not given, but a spokesman for the town council said: "We will monitor how this model impacts the overall productivity and cost structure before deciding whether this or other measures are more appropriate and sustainable."

    The spokesman added that the town council is also reviewing ways to help its various contractors come up with incentives for low-wage workers, and will work on rolling out incentive payments to workers in all its seven divisions.

    It was announced on Sunday that some 2,500 cleaners - all of them Singaporeans or permanent residents, and working for contractors engaged by the 15 PAP-run town councils - will get a $200 pay increase from this month.

    Machine operators and supervisors will get the increment as well.

    According to the latest wage data available, the median monthly gross pay of cleaners here is $850.