Singapore Cleaner’s Pay Doubles After Learning Tools of the Trade

By webadmin on 01:53 pm Jun 22, 2012
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A 62-year-old cleaner who used to earn $800 a month now takes home $1,600. Johnny Lim’s willingness to learn and keep up with the times have paid off.

Last year, the cleaner learned how to operate a high-pressure washer with the support of his company.

He said it wasn’t easy to get used to the new technology, but he persisted. “As long as you have the attitude to learn, it won’t be hard at all,” he said.

Lim maneuvers the machine with ease, and likens the experience to learning how to drive.  And he did not stop there: Lim also learned how to operate other machines to clean carpets and scrub floors.

He gives the thumbs up to such devices, saying they’ve reduced the amount of manual labor he has to do, which makes him less tired at the end of the day.

He said: “In this industry, it’s very difficult if you can’t use machines. We must also know how to use them so that we can teach new workers how to use them too.”

Lim, who completed Primary 6 studies, has been employed by Weishen Industrial Services for eight years. The company was recognized on Thursday by the National Trades Union Congress for providing a path for cleaners to learn new skills and command higher pay.

Lim, who works the night shift, begins work on Sentosa at 11p.m. and ends at 7 a.m., with an hour-long break in between.

“I work because I love my job. Whatever job you do, you need to have passion or you won’t enjoy it,” said Lim, whose wife works in a factory. They have one son.

Jimmy Lim, the assistant general manager of Weishen, said: ‘Johnny is really a role model. He should be proud of himself.’

Reprinted Courtesy of Straits Times