Thursday, October 11, 2012
With all the foreigners imported to "boost competitiveness" of businesses in Singapore, the local Singaporean workers seem to see their wages suppressed and working hours increased.
If businesses do not want to pay fair wages, and they can easily get foreign workers willing to work for less, why should the businesses pay higher wages?
Even as the economy sees slower growth, the report says Singapore has the highest levels of employee burnout in the region. Over 60 percent of the workers surveyed said their workload has increased over the year, and almost half said they are now working more than 10 hours a day.
With the Million Dollar Public housing, long long working hours, expensive cars and COEs and ERPs and what not, the city state still claims to have low taxes to attract the rich, while causing uncontrolled inflation and degrading the standard of living.
I took public transportation at Clementi today at 6pm and was shocked at the crowds. The crush was insane, and I've heard horror stories at Jurong East MRT station where crowds are so huge near peak hours that the escalators have to be stopped as there is too much people for the infrastructure to support.
I don't understand how this kind of living is sustainable, and why anyone would subject their children to this kind of torture. If I'm settling down in Singapore, I'll not have kids or be pressured to kill my kids as I can bear to see them suffer this kind of life.
Strangely, some Singaporeans still focus on materialistic things and find solace in sale and bargains after their long hours of stressful work.
-- Iron Bowl