Saturday, March 21, 2009
Northwest CDC mayor says PA, WDA decide on staff pay, bonuses
By Satish Cheney, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 14 March 2009 2049 hrs
SINGAPORE: An online outcry has broken out over rumours that two staff from
the Northwest Community Development Council (CDC) received bonuses of eight
months last year, including the 13th month bonus.
When asked about the matter at an event for needy families on Saturday,
Northwest CDC's mayor, Dr Teo Ho Pin, said bonuses and salaries of CDC staff
are decided by the People's Association (PA) and, in the case of officers,
the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).
He explained that this is because all CDC staff are seconded from the PA and
"I want to clarify that the mayors do not decide on the salaries, the
increments, the bonuses of all our staff at the CDC. ...
"The mayors are political appointment holders. We chair the CDC to spearhead
the CDC, to build a social safety net and help the people. That is our job.
If you ask me, I do not know the salaries; I do not know the bonuses of all
my staff," Dr Teo said.
The mayor added that a lot depends on staff performance when it comes to
"Of course, the staff performance will be like a bell curve. Some would be
top performers, some would be very poor performers. The bulk - maybe average
performers. This is quite normal in every organisation.
"In the private sector, it's the same thing. The top performer of the
company will normally get better bonuses as compared to the poor
performers," said Dr Teo.
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