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Pritam Singh呼吁政府考虑实施1300新元的全民最低工资标准

Oct 18, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

反对党领袖兼工人党秘书长的Pritam Singh呼吁政府考虑实施1300新元的全民最低工资标准。

这是对人力部部长Josephine Teo以及全国职工总会秘书长Ng Chee Meng宣布成立一个新的三方工作组,研究如何提高更多行业低薪工人工资的回应。

普及最低工资是一项并行措施

Singh 于10月13日在脸书上发文称,普及最低工资是“道德需要”和“民族团结行为”:

“为新加坡工人普及最低工资不仅是一种道德要求,而是对如何定义新加坡人的一种声明。因为衡量我们社会的真正标准在于我们如何对待最脆弱的群体。”

他说,政府所采取的行业办法需要“太长时间”来落实,新工作组似乎坚持“最低工资加”的行业办法来帮助工人。

相反,将1300新元作为最低工资标准,可以作为一种“并行措施”,以补充探索提高各行业生产力和工资的方法,Singh建议道。

Singh补充说,这项全民最低工资可以接受定期审查。

最低工资加工作组

为新加坡工人普及最低工资不仅是一种道德要求,也是一种民族团结行为,在当今的经济环境中更有意义。

政府的最低工资加行业办法包括行业生产力和职业发展等其他方面,所有这些都不能令人抵触。这种以行业为基础的最低工资模式,问题在于推行时间太长。八年过去,它涵盖了三个部门。对于在这些行业之外工作的新加坡人来说,时间太长了。他们要等多久呢?这是我的同事Leon Perera在议会上提出的一个问题,目前还没有得到答复。

从昨天全国职工总会秘书长和人力部长的发言来看,低薪工人问题三方工作组似乎坚持采用最低工资加行业办法的形式来帮助工人。他们可以做的是考虑采取平行措施,立即施行以1300新元为基数的普遍最低工资,并接受定期审查,同时探索行业改进或如何有效做好提升版最低工资加中的提升的这一部分。

为新加坡工人普及最低工资不仅是一种道德要求,而是对如何定义新加坡人的一种声明。因为衡量我们社会的真正标准在于我们如何对待最脆弱的群体。在我最近分享的一篇BT文章中,许多商界领袖已经表示,他们赞成合理制定的国家最低工资标准。我希望雇主、企业、工会和政府将这一问题视为一个远远超越金钱的问题,还要视作我们民族团结的根本基础。

背景

在2020年大选期间,为所有工作的新加坡人实施最低实得工资是工人党宣言的一部分。

该党提议将全职工作的最低工资定为每月1300新元,此前的非全职工作按比例计算。

该宣言引用的政府数据显示,新加坡每平均四人的家庭每月需要花费1300新元用于购买衣食住行等基本生活用品。

它还指出,有超过10万新加坡人从事全职工作时,每月的实得工资低于1300新元。

在选举后的第一次议会上,来自反对党和人民行动党的议员们也就渐进工资模式和最低工资进行了实质性辩论。

下是议员们对这两种工资模式优点和缺点的总结:

https://mothership.sg/2020/07/minimum-wage-progressive-wage-model-differences/

https://web.facebook.com/watch/?v=3303030799752464

你可能已经听说过最低工资和渐进工资模式(PWM),这要归功于九月份议会的辩论。

但渐进工资模式到底是什么?渐进工资模式和最低工资有什么区别?又为什么要争论呢?🤔

我们试图一步一步解释这些和其他更多问题。

上图来自Josephine Teo脸书和工人党网站

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.