These are namely a six-year schedule of wage increases starting 1 July 2023, and the definition of 'Restroom Cleaners' as a distinct job role. More details here. 

Singapore's Commissioner for Labour has implemented two recommendations by the Tripartite Cluster for Cleaners, the Ministry of Manpower announced on Thursday (7 July 2021).

The MOM noted: "Paying resident cleaners progressive wages stipulated under the PWM is an existing condition under National Environment Agency’s licensing regime for general cleaning businesses, implemented through the Order imposed by the Commissioner for Labour."

In line with that, referencing recommendations of the TCC reports, enhancements made to the Order include:

  1. The implementation of a six-year schedule of wage increases from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2029, when the existing wage schedule concludes on 30 June 2023.
    The scheduled sustained wage increases reflect a strong tripartite consensus to raise the wages of cleaners, while providing service providers and buyers with greater certainty in business and contracting matters, MOM shared. 
  2. With effect from 1 July 2021, 'Restroom Cleaners' will be defined under the Cleaning PWM wage ladder as a distinct job role, to better recognise their expertise and duties. Cleaning businesses will have to ensure that their restroom cleaners are paid at least the corresponding wage in the PWM wage schedule.

Cleaning businesses offering general cleaning services found to be in breach of licensing conditions, including requirements under the PWM, are liable to a financial penalty not exceeding S$5,000, and may risk having their Cleaning Business Licence suspended or revoked.

More details on the enhanced wage schedule, the definitions of each class of cleaners under the PWM, and the PWM can be found here

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