24 Feb '12, 4pm

[TOC] Cleaners’ pay up $250 to $1,000: Congratulations?

[TOC] Cleaners’ pay up $250 to $1,000: Congratulations?

I refer to the article “Town council cleaners get more pay now” (Straits Times, Feb 21 ). It states that ”North West District Mayor Teo Ho Pin, who spearheaded and coordinated the initiative, said on Monday that full-time cleaners now earn about $1,000 a month on average, compared to about $750 before the scheme was launched in 2008”. Wages fell from $1,277 to $750? According to the article “Mindset change needed to help low-wage workers” (Straits Times, Feb 7), in 2000, the median gross wage for cleaners and labourers was $1,277. By 2010, it fell to $960. For cleaners of industrial buildings, the median gross wage is even lower, at around $600 in 2010. Real wage fell 38% in 10 years? After accounting for inflation for the last decade or so, I estimate that in year 2000 dollars, the average $1,000 pay of town council cleaners is equivalent to only about $787 in 2000 dollar...

Full article: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2012/02/cleaners-pay-up-250-t...

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