12 Jan '11, 10pm

Minimum or 'Best' wage?: The MPs also spoke on the need for economic growth to improve the prospects for low-wag...

SINGAPORE - Would Singapore be better off with a minimum wage system, as in some countries, or with made-in-Singapore programmes such as Workfare, the Best Sourcing Initiative and the Inclusive Growth Programme (IGP), to help low-wage workers level up in society? That was the main tilt of the speeches of several Members of Parliament, who urged the State to continue to do more to support low-skilled workers. The MPs also spoke on the need for economic growth to improve the prospects for low-wage workers and to provide opportunities for higher income and better quality of life for the majority. With a robust debate lately on minimum wage, MPs took issue yesterday with the viewpoint that having such a policy would encourage lower-skilled Singaporeans to seek work. "We're clear that government intervention is needed to help low-wage workers do better ... The real question is,...

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