Friday, May 30, 2008
Channel New Asia 29th May
SINGAPORE: About 20 companies have decided to adopt the National Wages Council's recommendation to give their rank-and-file employees a one-off lump sum payment to help them cope with inflation.
"I am happy to say that in the next couple of weeks, we expect to see a few more companies following suit," said labour chief Lim Swee Say.
Taking the lead was the government, Singapore's largest employer. It said on Wednesday that civil servants will receive a one-off payment of $100 to $300 along with their mid-year bonus of a half-month's pay in July.
Mr Lim, the NTUC Secretary General, also said some companies have agreed with their unions on the amount of the one-off payment.
He said the labour movement will not dictate the quantum of the payouts.
Mr Lim said: "Most of them... target their workers earning below the median salary - S$2,500 and below. In some cases, they are providing a one-off payment ranging from S$200-S$500.
"As far as the NTUC is concerned, we do not dictate a specific number, because at the end of the day, it depends, firstly, on the affordability of the companies, and how much the companies empathise and sympathise with the low-wage workers.
"The least the employers can do is to show their sincerity and do whatever they can. The more they can afford... give more. The less they can afford... give less. But as my union leader says, something is better than nothing."
Firstly I think the gestures by these companies are good if they target the low -income workers.
But I have strong objection on how the civil service is doing it.
Yesterday from the news, it was reported that the civil services will pay ½ month salary to it workers and additional $100 - $300 more depending on their grade.
The higher your grade are, the more money you will get.
This is already wrong. Please note this is not a performance bonus as the higher position you hold, the more responsibilities you should have and therefore it is justifiable to pay you higher bonus then those below you.
However this bonus is to help with inflation, shouldn’t the one earning less be pay more instead?
I doubt the civil services cap the ½ month pay out at $2500.
Let say a civil servant month pay is $15000. Then he will get $7500 bonus for his mid year bonus.
Bloody hell if this is more then what an average Singaporean earns per month. And please, when this joker is earning $15000 do you think he should be given another $300 to help to cope with inflation?
Just buy Tag Heuer instead of Rolex and Honda instead on BMW Mr Civil Servant.
And remember, it is the taxes that you and me pay that are paying the Civil Services.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
My finger to you!
My office is about 10.7km away from my home.
There is no MRT or LRT and normally I take a bus to work.
I take about 10min to walk to the bus stop and the bus ride itself during peak hours is about 40min (20min my ass!).
All in all it take me about 60min to reach my office every morning.
Today it took me 90min to reach office!! As I spend more then 30min at the bus stop waiting for the bloody bus!
20min my ass!! This show how tall the Ivory tower is for out Elites and they have totally lost touch with how daily life is for the average Singaporean.
I am not complaining about my 60min traveling time to work every day but I am complaining about the bloody 30min bus wait.
World-class transport system? My finger to you!
SBS transit? ($59m profit in 2007!) My finger to you!
20min traveling time in Singapore? (Not unless you have your own police escort!) My 2 fingers to you!
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Have not been blogging much as I was rather busy at work.
In recent weeks I have notice the different type of personalities among the people I work with.
Firstly there are the workers, I called them the backbone of any companies, just leave them alone and they will get the work done. But sadly they normally fade into the background and most of the time their works are not appreciated by the boss.
Then there are the Wayangs, don’t see them around when there are works to be done buy they appeared out of nowhere when and wherever the bosses are. Even they may not be required to be there in the first place. These clowns are there to claims credits while putting in minimum effort.
Sadly as bosses are normally idiots and a fair and good boss only come about once in a blue moon, most people who moved up the corporate ladders are the Wayangs.
Same go for the government I guess.
Let say Emperor Lee decided that he want the 3rd Casino to be up and running by Dec 2009. (Impossible target). The Elites Forces aka Wayangs will not risk their balls by telling him that is impossible.
They will just happily agreed with the timelines and pass the job to the Workers.
When Dec 2009 comes and no casino, the Wayangs will blame the workers for not working 28hours eveydays.
Also the Wayangs will not be punish as they are there to fix the problem and are not there to take responsibilities.