Uplifting those with low pay

SINGAPORE - The Government has adopted a “comprehensive solution” to uplift lower-paid workers, Law Minister K. Shanmugam said on March 19. It has offered them help and subsidies in the areas of housing, education, employment, and healthcare needs, he said after a fundraising event organised by the Amalgamated Union of Public Daily Rated Workers.

Mr Shanmugam, an adviser to the union, believes the multi-faceted approach has worked to “really push them up” but stressed the importance of upgrading their skills. He pointed to an increased mechanisation in jobs such as cleaning and maintenance, which has translated to higher salaries for workers trained to handle equipment involved in these tasks.

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