a typical example of the chui gong lam pah song (sorry for being vulgar...)
sometimes they just talk like trigger happy... dun understand how the production move... if we compare ourselves with the China production... seriously we are going nowhere with our production system, cos when we use automation & higher paided workers, we increase our cost of production. then those china factories use cheap labour, produce more & cheaper products to sell back to us, hence forcing us to go down on the number of ppl to operate... hence multi-tasking... if we say sg is only going to produce high end stuff... den if China also can produce high end stuff... sg eat **** liao lor... and there is still quite alot of lower end industries in sg. Those industries also help to support those high end industries, because even no matter how sophisticated your product may be, you still need other fundamental products to support production, and those small industries are the support... if for eg, u need just 1 screw.. den all the little screw companies die off, den u need it for your production, how? wait for another 2 weeks for stock to come in from other country? (just an example... i know screw companies not that bad, and with a lathe we can make own screws...)
just felt that they should not see numbers as a whole, they should start seeing from bottom... there is still alot of labour intensive jobs... and they pay quite low pay... if that company increase pay, think they will start to sell more expensive and i think everybody is better off buying from other country... and when that company dies off a natural death... nobody is going to remember... but when those companies urgently need the product... thats when memory start coming in... (that said... no one can see things holistic... just my 1/2 cents)
oh ya.. adding abit of things... have anybody ever wondered what will happen to the disabled? Althou they hold a lower pay, and with subsidies, etc... if we talk about the 3x = 1x, we are not mentioning them rite... lets say if the competition gets tough... the employer of such hire those unemployed at lower pay, what will happen to them?
If I rememebr correctly, the minister is referring to reorganising cleaners job. He said, in the old days, when 3 workers are need at $500, after restructuring the job, 1 worker can do 3 workers job, and the worker will get $1500.
If only all employer thinks like him! Long ago, I was complaining about my job scope does not give me room to progress but heavy work load, the boss said there is another portfolio he wants me to take on as well, i.e double portfolio, WITHOUT any pay increase. And at that time, my pay was even lower then the new portfolio's starting pay! I told him to do it himself and resign.