SINGAPORE – Details of the mandatory bonus to be paid to all built-in cleaners from 2020 on Thursday (November 15th), the cleaners were released by identifying the exact quantum, timeline and scenarios for which bonuses have to be paid.
Updating the progressive wage model (PWM) requirements for cleaners indicates that cleaning firms should make a payment of at least two weeks from 1 January 2020 to resident cleaners.
This also applies to Singaporeans and permanent resident workers who have worked for at least one year in the same company. The Triple Cleansing Cluster (TCC) is attached to the PWM report.
The premium was introduced by TCC for the first time in December 2016 and was adopted by the Assembly as part of a change made in the Environmental Public Health Act last month.
It is expected to benefit more than 40,000 cleaners employed by more than 1,300 cleaning companies.
The TTK said in a press release that the PWM bonus would raise the cleaners' wages as well as "a tool to motivate cleaners to stay with the same employer for a longer period of time for a better career advancement".
This bonus will encourage businesses to increase productivity by investing in their training.
Part-time and aid cleaning workers employed as ad hoc should also be paid a paid premiums paid to the contracted working hours in which they are working in that year, provided that they meet the 12-month service period. same firm.
However, as some customers were able to change cleaning service providers frequently, there was some concern that some cleaners would not be able to reach the time required to qualify for the bonus, which was not due to their mistakes.
In order to address this, the TCC stated that employers would have to pay bonuses to workers who did not meet the criteria for service time in such cases.
The Addendum report also states that cleaning workers must be paid for retirement or health issues. A PWM bonus is not required if workers resigned on their own or terminated due to misconduct.
The bonus is not a performance bonus and therefore does not depend on the performance of the worker, but TCC has already stated that some cleaning firms already provide some kind of variable bonus to their employees. These include the firm's own performance premiums or 13-month bonuses, but exclude overtime and repayments.
These companies, which already pay bonuses to the cleaning staff, shall be deemed to have complied with the PWM bonus conditions if the basic wage of the worker has provided more than two weeks.
In addition to the report, the report also proposed planned wage increases of 3 percent per year from 2020 to 2022 at PWM wage levels. For example, in 2019, the general cleaners working in the $ 1.200 office and food and beverage businesses with the minimum wage will see $ 36 in 2020.
Employers must comply with these requirements in order to achieve the necessary cleaning business license to operate in the cleaning industry.
The government has adopted the recommendations of the TCC and said the Manpower Ministry and the National Environment Agency have made a joint statement.
Zainal Sapari, secretary general of the National Trade Unions Congress, said in a Facebook article that PWM, introduced in 2012, is to raise wages in a sustainable way and address cheap resources, which they call a form of market failure.
"PWM acknowledges that low-wage workers do not have a shortcut to help them progress. They have to have the opportunity to advance, acquire skills, use jobs that use these skills, and pay for it to achieve better productivity," he said. Mr. Zainal is a member of TCC.
, It's different from the minimum wage on a series of fronts – it's not a ladder, it's a floor, so every employee has a chance to progress. “
For some companies, the fiscal challenges posed by rule changes are offset by other government incentives to increase efficiency.
The company's executive director of Sun City Maintenance Felix Swee, where the company employs around 600 cleaners, said the previous adjustments on the PWM fare ladder came after contracts with customers.
"This additional cost is not included in the contracts given in the beginning of the announcement, so it gives weight to our company financially," Mr. Swee said.
Fortunately for the firm, the government's private employment loan initiative and other redesign granting assistance to elderly workers, such as job redesign grants or WorkPro, helped close the gap created by rule changes.
The combination of the PWM wage ladder and Sun City's own human resources policies has seen Ang See Gee's monthly fees rise from $ 900 in 2007 to $ 1,400 in 2013. The 57-year-old is now paid $ 1,700 a month after teaching skills. This helped her become a supervisor who had run 30 cleaners at the firm last year.
A PWM bonus means that you can spend an additional $ 850 each year.
Madam Ang in Mandarin: "Salary was worse in the past, and at the moment, it can be managed fairly for my needs. If I need more, I can always do overtime."