Singapore’s Labour Commission Adopts TCC’s Progressive Wage Model (PWM) Proposals for Singapore Cleaners
Singapore Commissioner for Labour adopts the Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners (TCC)’s proposal for progressive wage raises for Singapore cleaners. TCC issued a report which recommends that progressive wage models (PWM) be introduced and implemented annually.
TCC, a Ministry of Manpower Singapore (MOM) appointed tripartite body represents key players in the Singapore cleaning industry. This includes trade unions for employees, the employers, and Singapore government along with other key industry stakeholders.
The new recommendations are set to be implemented beginning 1 January 2020. Resident cleaners will be eligible for the PWM bonus once it is in effect. This implementation will be carried out under the cleaning business licensing regime. The Commissioner of Labour will enact this regime through an issued Order. More details about the Order can be found here.
TCC recommended that wages be increased by 3% annually beginning in 2020 until 2022 will also be carried out by the Commissioner for Labour. Licensed cleaning businesses in Singapore employing resident cleaners will be eligible for this change beginning 1 July 2020.
Rules to Be Followed for a Licensed Cleaning Business in Singapore
If you run a cleaning business in Singapore and want to be licensed, you will need to submit a progressive wage plan for your resident cleaners. The plan must be in accordance with TCC’s new guidelines on the PWM structure. You will be required to pay your resident cleaners per the new plan structure. Payslips which contain the details of the basic wages and payments received must be issued.
If you have a general cleaning business that is licensed, you may be penalised if you are in breach of your licensing conditions. The penalty imposed will not exceed $5,000. You may also run the risk of getting your Cleaning Business License withdrawn or suspended.
For more information about the new PWM changes, visit MOM’s website here.