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Up to 3,000 local workers to benefit from new Progressive Wage Model for Waste Management Sector

  1. The Tripartite Partners have agreed to expand the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) to a fifth sector – Waste Management. This expansion is a first step in the broader effort by the Tripartite Workgroup for Lower-Wage Workers (TWG-LWW), to develop a multi-year roadmap to uplift the employment outcomes and well-being of lower-wage workers (LWWs).

  2. Up to 3,000 local workers in Waste Management will be covered and benefit from the PWM, first proposed by NTUC in 2020.  Similar to the PWMs in Cleaning, Security, Landscape, and Lift & Escalator sectors, the Waste Management PWM will provide a clear career progression pathway for workers in the sector to earn better wages as they improve their skills and productivity.

  3. To oversee the implementation of the PWM, the Tripartite Partners have formed the Tripartite Cluster for Waste Management (TCWM). The TCWM, chaired by Mr Fahmi Aliman, Director, Operations & Mobilisation, NTUC, and co-chaired by Mr Felix Loh, Deputy Honorary Secretary, SNEF, will comprise representatives from service buyers, service providers, unions, and government agencies. The full composition of the TCWM is in Annex A.

  4. The TCWM will develop the job ladders, training requirements and wage benchmarks of the PWM. It will consult multiple stakeholders in the process, to help ensure that the PWM is tailored to the unique conditions of the sector and benefits all stakeholders – workers can upskill and enjoy higher wages, employers can raise the productivity of their operations, and service buyers can benefit from improved services. The complete Terms of Reference of the TCWM are in Annex B.

  5. The TCWM targets to issue its recommendations for the PWM in the second half of 2021.










    Mr Fahmi Aliman

    Director, Operations & Mobilisation

    National Trades Union Congress Concurrently Mayor, South East District



    Mr Felix Loh

    Deputy Honorary Secretary

    Singapore National Employers Federation

    Concurrently Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay






    Labour Movement


    Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union (BATU)


    Mr Zainal Sapari

    Executive Secretary

    Concurrently Director, U Care Centre, NTUC



    Mr Mohamad Yatim Bin Ahmad

    Vice Chairman

    SembWaste Pte Ltd Branch


    Employment and Employability Institute


    Ms Tan Cheong Ling

    Head, Built Environment


    Industry Association/ Service Providers

    Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS)


    Ms Melissa Tan


    Concurrently General Manager, Wah & Hua Pte Ltd



    Mr Milton Ng


    Concurrently Chief Operating Officer, 800 Super Waste Management



    Mr Neo Hong Keat

    Exco Member
    Concurrently Senior Vice-President, SembWaste Pte Ltd



    Ms Erika Tan

    Sub-committee for Waste Collection
    Concurrently Manager, HCG Environment


    Service Buyers

    Singapore International Facility Management Association (SIFMA)


    Mr Jonathan Koh

    Board Member

    Concurrently Assistant Vice-President, Property Management, Operations Singapore Post Limited


    Singapore Hotel Association (SHA)


    Mr Ho Chung Kain

    Board Member

    Concurrently Director, Keck Seng Hotel Pte Ltd


    Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS)


    Mr Moses Lee

    Committee Member

    Concurrently Vice-President, Investments & Asset Management, Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd




    Mr Tony Lombardo

    Chief Executive Officer Asia

    Lendlease Corporation



    Ministry of Manpower


    Mr Lee Chung Wei

    Divisional Director

    Workplace Policy and Strategy Division


    National Environmental Agency


    Mr Desmond Tan

    Group Director

    Resource & Sustainability Group


    Workforce Singapore


    Ms Safrah Eusoof

    Director, Enterprise Development Group

    Healthcare, Social & Business Services Division


    SkillsFuture Singapore


    Ms. Loh Gek Khim,

    Director, Industry Development Division 1







    Annex B


    The TCWM’s Terms of Reference are to propose interventions and mechanisms that will:


    1. Develop and periodically review the progressive wage model (PWM) for waste management workers, including the wages, wage ladders, training requirements and progression pathways;

    2. Develop strategies to support progression up the PWM career ladder, such that waste management workers’ wages can increase with better training, higher responsibilities and improvements in productivity and standards;

    3. Monitor compliance with the PWM and its impact on the industry; and

    4. Review ways to improve working conditions of waste management workers.