12 Jan '11, 11pm

FB : "Worlds highest Paid Government, has rejected calls for Minimum wage for it's lowest paid workers."

SINGAPORE - It was a rigorous debate involving 17 Members of Parliament on a motion tabled by two backbenchers on the issue of inclusive growth. And the topic of a minimum wage, a notion that has gained traction here against a backdrop of a widening income gap around the world, took centrestage during the five-hour debate. MPs, including those from the ruling People's Action Party, reiterated that it should not be taboo. But in setting out the Government's position, Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong was unequivocal about a minimum wage policy: It will not work here. Responding to the motion tabled by Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MPs Josephine Teo and Zainudin Nordin, Mr Gan cited the examples of Hong Kong and Taiwan as to how such a policy was beset by problems. With Hong Kong's minimum wage law coming into effect in May, Mr Gan noted in his ministerial statement that up to an estima...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110113-0000247/Mi...

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