18.35 Activism - Young Union Leaders
Part-time Cashier Leads Change in the Workplace

29-year-old Lim Wen Sheng started working as a part-time cashier at NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Limited in 2007.
He wanted to move into a leadership role, taking up skills upgrading and training offered by the company whenever he could.

With his positive attitude to learning, Wen Sheng has moved up the ranks to become a Technical Support Executive today. His pay is now 70% more than that since he became a full-time employee in 2010.

At the same time, Wen Sheng also wanted his team to get better pay and promotion.

He joined the union (Food, Drinks and Allied Workers Union or FDAWU) to negotiate with his company’s management team on giving workers a clearer skills ladder and career progression.
Through his efforts, a Progressive Wage Model will be included in the FDAWU’s Collective Agreement with FairPrice.
“With the Progressive Wage Model now, employees will have a better idea of what skillsets are needed to advance in their career, which at the same time will lead to an increase in their wages and productivity,” he said.


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