20161218 Increase in cleaners’ wages confirms PAP had depressed low wages, profits from Singaporeans’ misery

PAP has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to absolve itself of blame after it had depressed low wages for more than a decade.

Instead of taking responsibility, PAP wants to take credit through a wayang staged by Tripantat and MSM actors.
How the problem was create by the PAP
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But the fact is the increase has been ultimately passed on to consumers: with rental remaining elevated, PAP (Singapore’s landlord) and service providers are still as profitable as before.

Singaporeans don’t begrudge the increase but the root cause has always been rental costs elevated by PAP’s asset enhancement policy.  The issue continues to be ignored.

Costs have  again been passed on to consumers in the form of increased prices.  For example, drinks prices have increased in order for service buyers to pay service providers (cleaning company) to pay their employees.

Coffee shops (drinks stall) may in fact be even more profitable after, say, a 10-cent increase.  Assuming it has 2000 customers per day, it would be earning additional $200 daily, more than sufficient to offset the increase in cleaning bill.

All this talk about wage increase without a corresponding rise in productivity is basically talking cock.  Over the years, the workload of a cleaner has to increase in proportion to the increase in population density.

To insist that productivity has not increased and therefore cleaners’ wages shouldn’t, PAP must either be blind or telling an outright lie.

And why should others get a pay raise to offset inflation while low wage earners see theirs stagnate?

It is the PAP with its pseudo workers’ unions and open leg legislations which have caused this issue.  As the biggest employer, PAP is also the biggest service buyer at rock bottom prices which resulted in the stagnation of cleaners’ wages.  Hmm.. suddenly woke up after more than a decade?

The PAP service buyer is now behaving like coffee shops and WILL pass on the increased costs to Singaporeans, such as increasing HDB car park charges.  It has a long list of cost increases in the pipeline which will be announced way before the next GE.  😦  (Standard practice to increase costs, offer ‘rebates’ and still get voted in by silly Singaporeans.)

Businesses which are unable to pay living wages, such as McDonald’s, should not have any business in Singapore.  Paying non-living wages results in government handouts – privatising profits, socialising costs again.

Singaporeans should start to think a little about issues which affect fellow citizens and don’t buy in to PAP’s wayang so easily.  The issue has not been resolved and PAP will continue to profit from low wage workers’ misery.

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One Response to 20161218 Increase in cleaners’ wages confirms PAP had depressed low wages, profits from Singaporeans’ misery

  1. Confused says:

    “To insist that productivity has not increased and therefore cleaners’ wages shouldn’t, PAP must either be blind or telling an outright lie.
    And why should others get a pay raise to offset inflation while low wage earners see theirs stagnate?”

    Ever since the days when the ministers pay had been increased 10 to 20 years ago, have they demonstrated to the people, their boss that their productivity has gone up by leaps and bounces to be deserved the humongous pay & bonus rise?

    The only I can say is their increase in productivity in how to fleece their bosses more and more by treating everyone of us as money spinning machine by paying gst, levy, erp, coe, increase car parking fee and every other opportunity it sees fit. Never ending. One even have to pay gst when he/she is critically ill and upon his/her death without fail.

    The MPs are elected to take good care of the people, supposedly their bosses, however, what turned out to be was the people are only bosses to them on the day of general election, upon elected, the MPs turned up boss around all the people they supposed to serve and made the people work hard and serve them by paying themselves high salary while the people suffering in silence and would kow tow to all the little handout or grants which are little compared to what they are paid.

    They would rather take care of their own interest by paying themselves world record pay no other nations can match so far. Reasons being hard to attract ministerial talents from private sector (other than those GLCs) to be ministers to serve the people and also reasons that they should be paid high enough to prevent corruption. All these are crappy excuses. Ever since then, how many true private talents has joined the cabinets? If you were to compare with other developed countries in terms of land & population sizes, our ministers worth less than $500k annually and deserve no additional bonus at all.

    The effort to increase their benefit has been lopsided as the lower income remained to be very low all these years because no amount of real effort has been put to improve the well being of this class while they worked tirelessly to look for ways and means to justify and improve on their own pay. I do not know if ministers are collecting multiple pay for holding multi portfolios?

    Talking about cleaning, service buyers at coffee shops and hawker centre have been paying for food which include cost for cleaners including table cleaning and etc. As cleaning companies are facing with higher cleaning cost in terms of higher levies and cleaners’ pay, the government resorted to campaign drive to get customers to return their own trays….(I personally do not quite support this idea because of the service paid for but I would condemn those who left their table messy). The campaign can not succeed with something in return for the service buyers such as lower food price, otherwise others are seen to be benefiting from all these drive.

    Many of the coffee shop owners could be PLP and supporters of the pap and therefore stand to benefit?

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