Parliamentary Question by Mrs Josephine Teo Minister for Manpower to Parlimentary Question on disputes relating to flexi-wage system
NOTICE PAPER NO. 1347 OF 2018 FOR THE SITTING ON 14 JANUARY 2019
QUESTION NO. 2269 FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
MP: Mr Gan Thiam Poh
To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) in the past five years, how many cases of dispute have arisen between Singaporean workers and their employers when adopting the flexi-wage system; (b) what have been the reasons for the disputes; and (c) how does the Ministry ensure fair employment and remuneration practices by the employers in the implementation of the flexi-wage system.
In the past five years, MOM handled four trade disputes relating to flexible wage implementation.
These disputes, which were all collective in nature, were due to disagreements over how variable bonuses were determined. Through MOM’s conciliation efforts, these cases were eventually resolved with employers and unions mutually agreeing on the bonuses to be paid.
MOM will continue to work with the tripartite partners to share best practices and industry norms so that flexible wages are implemented fairly and progressively.