By now, we’re all probably a little sick and tired of hearing or reading anything that has to do with the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, we just want this horrible virus to go away so we can all get on with our lives.
Enter a special group of heroes, who have been labouring silently behind the scenes. Though they can’t make the virus go away at the snap of their fingers, they have certainly been hard at work ensuring that all premises are clean and properly disinfected. Without them, this pandemic would clearly have gotten worse.
Of course, I am talking about our cleaners <3
Hence, we are especially heartened to hear the news that their wages will continue to be increased yearly under the Progressive Wage Model (PWM).
What is the Progressive Wage Model?
As we can see from the image above, it is a wage ladder to ensure that the salaries of our cleaners continue to be uplifted and increased.
The 6-year wage schedule from 2017 to 2022 was previously set in 2016, after much discussion between different parties.
The recent announcement sets the tone for the next six years, which starts from 2023 to 2028.
The proposed wage increase is rather significant and a move in the right direction, which will see cleaners all earning more in the near future!
Continuing the good work
This recommendation does not come without the hard work of many parties involved. It has taken much effort through negotiations and discussions between union leaders representing the cleaners, employers, and the Government.
Even as the union leaders continue to labour tirelessly and listen to the needs of the cleaners, we hope that more employers will be more receptive towards improving the welfare of our cleaners, who are frontline workers in this battle against Covid-19.