Security association 'following' move for tiered wages in sector

The security association that had publicly rebuffed a move by NTUC to raise the pay of security guards has since backed down.

Last September, the Security Association of Singapore (SAS) openly objected to NTUC's move to implement a wage ladder for the sector, citing worries over overheads and the poor timing of the move.

It triggered a public spat, with labour chief Lim Swee Say saying: "Let me be very clear, we will never allow any one of them to slow us down."

Last week, SAS president T.Mogan told The Straits Times: "We spoke our mind, (about) our situation, then we quietened down.

"At the end of the day, they have decided to go ahead with it. We are following, that is it."

The association is the older of two security industry groups here, representing about 80 of 250 security firms.

The other group - the Association of Certified Security Agencies - wanted wage increases to be phased in over a few years, with efforts to cut working hours, improve training and the job's image to draw more Singaporeans.

Mr Mogan dismissed the suggestion that he had picked a fight with NTUC: "SAS never had a quarrel with the union.

"The association has never objected to security officers getting increments; already, the employer and bosses are giving increments to them."

In January, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said NTUC's wage ladder will be made mandatory for the cleaning and security sectors.

The move will take effect in the cleaning sector later this year, but no timeframe has been set for the security sector.

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