Australia to raise wages for all workers, including students
AUSTRALIA will raise the wages of all staff working in higher education to $18 per hour by 2020.
Key points:The government announced its new wage policy at the National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore is a key global destination for students and postgraduate studentsThere are no details on how the wage change will be fundedSingapore will be the first of five major Australian universities to implement a wage hike to cover its costs of hosting the 2021 Commonwealth GamesSingapore has been a key destination for international students and international students attending the Commonwealth Games, but the university has not been able to meet its costs.
The move to raise the wage will be announced at a speech in the capital city of Singapore on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision to increase the wages for staff working at Singapore’s National University is a win-win for all students and staff.
“Our future prosperity depends on ensuring that all Australians, regardless of where they come from, have the opportunity to access the skills, knowledge and opportunities that will help them realise their full potential,” Mr Morrison said.
“Singapore’s success as a destination for world-class research and teaching will not be diminished by this increase in the wages paid to its staff.”
Mr Morrison said that Singapore would be the largest and fastest-growing employer of university staff in the country.
“It is a testament to Singapore’s commitment to education that our university has been so successful, and it will be even more so in 2020,” he said.
Singapore said it would provide an additional $3.5 billion to support the university’s cost of running the Commonwealth games, including $2.2 billion for infrastructure, $1.9 billion for student housing, and $1 billion for research.
Singulah Singapoor, a university research scholar, said she was pleased to see the university adopt the new policy.
“I am excited about this step forward,” Ms Singapur said.
“It will help Singapore to grow and provide the students and research staff with the necessary financial resources to attend the Commonwealth championships.”
The move is expected to generate more than $50 million for the university in the first year of the wage hike, but it will not cover the cost of hosting all the games, which would be around $100 million.
Singalah Singamah, a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne, said the increase was a positive step.
“We need to make sure that the costs are borne by Singaporeans who will actually have to pay for the Commonwealth events,” she said.