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Should Singapore implement a Universal minimum wage of $1300 as suggested by Pritam Singh?

Yesterday, WP leader Pritam Singh brought up the issue of implementing a Universal minimum wage (UMW) of $1300 in Singapore instead of having the current Progressive Wage Model (PWM). This has created somewhat of a hoo-ha in Singapore, with many Singaporeans surprisingly, offering differing views to his suggestion. What is Universal Minimum Wage? UMW is the basic wage that all employees MUST pay employees if it is implemented. It does not matter which industry or what job the worker does, ALL lower wage workers MUST at least be paid this amount if not more. Do take note that WP’s suggestion of $1300 is the “take-home pay”, which means that the amount before deducting CPF is $1625. (Yes, means boss must pay each worker at least $1625) Then what about Progressive Wage Model? PWM is like a “ladder”, that is currently introduced in three sectors – cleaning, security and landscape. The

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Help! I am a having a baby during Covid-19!

  Let’s face it, being a parent is a daunting and scary task for most people, not to mention if you are one of the brave ones doing it while Covid-19 is ongoing. With the uncertainties in the economy and job market now, it’s important to save as much money as possible to accommodate your growing family. Fret not, we’ve narrowed down five main things you need to know if you are having a baby in 2020.   1. There is a $300 cash gift for all parents with at least one child below age 20 under the Care and Support Scheme Earlier this year, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced a Care and Support Scheme that the Govt has launched for all Singaporeans. In particular, all parents with at least one child under the age of 20 have received a $300 cash gift in June 2020. But wait… what

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What is it like to work in an MNC?

MNC. A Multi-National Corporation. Highly coveted places where fresh grads long to enter… This week we speak to three local born and bred millennials – William, Andrea and Melissa – who shared about their experience of working in an MNC. Firstly, William who is 31 years of age, has been with his company for two years as a function head. As it is a global role, he enjoys great flexibility in his work schedule where he attends meetings with his European counterparts in the afternoon and has night meetings when everyone from different timezones dial in. As he glorifies in the flexibility that he wields due to his role, he adds that he enjoys the freedom he is given the most, as he has the room to decide how he would like to complete his work. In addition, he cites a strong global collaboration as the main culture within the

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Singapore GE timing likely to be delayed due to worsening global Covid-19 situation

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has hinted on Wednesday, 11 Mar, that Singapore’s General Election (GE) is likely to be delayed in view of the worsening Covid-19 situation. DPM Heng said, “If you have big challenges ahead, then surely you want to be able to spend time on these challenges. Therefore the key question is, will the challenges be greater now or will the challenges be greater a year from now?”. However, he pointed out that he will only know the timing after discussing it with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. except Hsien Loong Even as the Covid-19 situation is under control in Singapore, the country cannot be complacent and forget that this is a dynamic and swiftly evolving issue, as evident from the various spikes in countries like Italy, South Korea and Iran. The spikes in recent cases in Singapore has also led to more cries for greater

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[BREAKING] Ex PSP member EXPOSES PSP’s internal conflict and unhappiness

A former PSP member has sent an exposé on the internal conflict and struggle that is going on within the Progress Singapore Party right now! This is the FULL scoop:   “The restructuring of PSP Group Operations structure has led to disgruntled members. The new structure is based on a 100% army organisational structure with four divisions (North, South, West, and Central) Each Division is led by the Division Director:   North – Francis Yuen South – Ong Seow Yong West – Michelle Lee (replaced by Michael Chua after a power struggle in the division) Central – Andrew Ng There’s also a HQ Director Ivan Koo. He is tasked to manage and coordinate three sub-groups in the Party Strategic Group which are the Manpower, Logistic and Intelligence Each Division Director will be assisted by the Division 2IC aka the Division Assistant Director with their own Manpower, Logistic and Intelligence group

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Budget 2020: Meeting the needs of the Millennial workforce

The Budget goes beyond goodies and GST hikes!   If I were to ask you what your key takeaway was from Budget 2020, what would your answer be? For me, it is: A quick recap of the Budget 2020 in case you missed it. The Government is EXTREMELY cognizant of the fact that the Covid-19 situation poses greater challenges to our workforce and economy. Hence, the bulk of Budget 2020 has been on safeguarding jobs for workers through various schemes announced. For the purposes of this article, I am focusing on the key benefits that a millennial employee can expect to receive in Budget 2020. The first two schemes are targeted at supporting the wages and increments that employees may receive at work. The Job Support Scheme offsets 8% of local wages, up to a monthly cap of $3600, for three months. In addition, the Wage Credit Scheme co-funds wage

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Government giving money to freelancers who upskill

Because lifelong learning is also for freelancers, am I right? If you are a writer like me, you probably are rejoicing after the Government announced that it will be extending help to freelancers and self-employed persons. As the workplace and job roles evolve, an increasing number of Singaporeans are choosing to join the gig economy instead of taking on a traditional job. To help freelancers seize the opportunity to upskill during the “downtime” brought on by the Covid-19 situation, the Government is introducing the Self-Employed Persons (SEP) Training Support Scheme which will give all SEPs a training allowance of $7.50/hour to attend courses under SkillsFuture. This scheme will run over the next three months. To put this into perspective, let me quote the example raised by Minister Josephine Teo: “To illustrate, consider a 45-year-old freelance sports coach who, or media freelancer, who decides to brush up on business management skills

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[BREAKING] Michelle Lee, vice-chairman of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), was asked to leave the party

According to a credible source, the newly appointed vice-chairman of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), Michelle Lee Juen, has quit the Party. Lee, who had received much support from Secretary-General Dr Tan Cheng Bock, has just been appointed in Jan 2020. When asked, the PSP declined to comment, but said that they would give their official reply in the next few days. This is the second time that the Party, which has been founded for less than a year, will go through leadership changes within a short span of two months. During the PSP New Year Dinner celebrations in January 2020, Dr Tan had just announced the addition of five members to their Central Executive Committee (CEC) and the appointment of Lee (43 years old) as deputy chairman. Lee had just been seen walking the grounds at Choa Chu Kang with her party member on 23 Jan 2020. However, over

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Ground-up initiatives that warm our hearts

Throughout this Covid-19 episode, we have seen both positive and negative displays from Singaporeans. The negatives beg no further explanation and imbue much shame in us (or as a particular minister has said, made us feel “xiasuay”). However, I would like to talk about the positives and initiatives, where ordinary Singaporeans have stepped out to serve their peers. Today, I am shining the spotlight on a group of volunteers who had sacrificed their precious Sunday, to hand out 2500 bottles of hand sanitisers to residents. The distribution, on 1 March 2020, was carried out at four different areas, namely: 31A Gim Moh Link, Senior Care Centre Outside Segar LRT Outside Jelapang LRT Outside Blk 547 Segar Road (HDB Commercial Area outside of Sheng Siong) Many gracious Singaporeans living in all areas of Singapore reached out and donated to provide for the hand sanitisers while residents and volunteers participated in the

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Better wages for our cleaners and security guards

Yesterday, during the Budget debate in Parliament, Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Walter Theseira brought up the need for the Government to intervene and raise wages for workers such as cleaners and security guards. If anything, the Covid-19 outbreak has shown us that current market-determined salaries of workers such as cleaners and security workers no longer match the value that they provide to society. Cleaners are the ones who are subjected to risks on a daily basis and yet tirelessly clean up after us and contribute greatly by keeping us safe. Security guards are also on the frontlines of Covid-19 as they are the ones charged with safeguarding not only us but also ensuring that those who are quarantined do not sneak out. Apart from a nod of approval and thanks from us, I do believe that more can be done to show our support and love for this group

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