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Diversity of views makes NWC 'even more relevant': Lim Swee Say

The National Wages Council continues to be the platform for employers, trade unions and the Government to find a "common ground", says NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say.

SINGAPORE: The diversity of views among stakeholders in the National Wages Council (NWC) seen in the deliberation over this year's recommendations makes the council even more relevant, said NTUC Secretary-General Lim Swee Say on Friday (June 6).

"With the NWC, now we have a platform for us to discuss, to deliberate, to seek common ground," said Mr Lim. 

Earlier this month, the labour chief said a tripartite task force will be set up to look into salary guidelines, following disagreements among NWC members in coming up with this year’s wage recommendations.

Mr Lim also responded to questions about the slow uptake of the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) in the security industry. He said the labour movement is still engaging the industry actively, and the debate is no longer about whether to adopt the PWM or licensing, but over the immediate targets for the sector in terms of better working hours and refining the wage structure.

More information about the targets is expected at the end of this year.

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