[Singapore] Koh Poh Koon’s comments against minimum wage dubbed ‘commonsensical'

[Singapore] Koh Poh Koon’s comments against minimum wage dubbed ‘commonsensical'
27 Oct 2020

Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam, has dubbed the comments of People’s Action Party colleague Koh Poh Koon “commonsensical” and argued that S$1,300 should not be the goal for any minimum wage. Mr Shanmugam’s comments were made in a Facebook post a day after the October 15 Progressive Wage Model-minimum wage debate in Parliament.

Dr Koh - Senior Minister of State (Health) and Deputy Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress - reportedly disagreed with the WP’s proposal for a minimum wage set at a base of S$1,300, instead advocating strongly for the Government’s Progressive Wage Model (PWM). PAP politicians have nicknamed the PWM “minimum wage plus” because it takes a sectoral approach to increasing the wages of the lowest-paid workers in each industry. The Independent reports Dr Koh’s argument and the support it has received.

Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam, has dubbed the comments of People’s Action Party colleague Koh Poh Koon “commonsensical” and argued that S$1,300 should not be the goal for any minimum wage. Mr Shanmugam’s comments were made in a Facebook post a day after the October 15 Progressive Wage Model-minimum wage debate in Parliament.

Dr Koh - Senior Minister of State (Health) and Deputy Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress - reportedly disagreed with the WP’s proposal for a minimum wage set at a base of S$1,300, instead advocating strongly for the Government’s Progressive Wage Model (PWM). PAP politicians have nicknamed the PWM “minimum wage plus” because it takes a sectoral approach to increasing the wages of the lowest-paid workers in each industry. The Independent reports Dr Koh’s argument and the support it has received.

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