Roy Ngerng

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Roy Ngerng writes on social issues and equality. He was named a Human Rights Defender by the United Nations and believes that human rights and social justice will enable fairer, happier, and more compassionate societies.

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2021/05/20 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Is Not ‘Pro-Worker.’ These Charts Show How.

Singapore is not pro-worker. If anything, it is pro-GIC and pro-Temasek Holdings, and it is pro-ministers – while workers are left to languish.

2021/09/29 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Wages Are So Low Because Business Profits Are Too High

It is time for Taiwan to restore balance in the economy by lifting the minimum wage significantly. If the government does not do so, it is like asking workers to sacrifice as they struggle to afford the cost of living.

2021/01/25 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Says Workers Are Pulling Ahead. Here’s What They Won’t Say.

Last week, a Singapore government minister said that the wages of lower-income and median-income Singaporeans have increased in the last 10 years. But when we compare Singapore with other wealthy, advanced countries, the situation does not look so rosy.

2021/10/28 | Roy Ngerng

10 Misconceptions About Raising the Minimum Wage in Taiwan

Don’t believe the fearmongers. A low minimum wage is a political choice, not an economic necessity.

2021/09/02 | Roy Ngerng

Raise the Minimum Wage Now to Fix Taiwan’s Lopsided Economy

Taiwan has lost 20 to 30 years to transition to a higher-value innovation-led economy. If it wants to be strong, it is time to increase wages significantly.

2021/05/05 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economy Is Growing Fast. Workers Still Await Their Share.

While Taiwan’s GDP per capita is escalating, wages have remained stagnant. It doesn’t have to be this way.

2021/01/05 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Regulation Could Have Saved Taiwan’s Botched eID

A lack of transparency and regulatory oversight over data use beset Taiwan’s plans to launch an electronic national identification. What would it take to get it right?

2021/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

On Minimum Wages, Singapore Is Playing Catch Up

Singapore’s government recently agreed to long overdue increases in the minimum wage for cleaners. By many standards, it is far from sufficient.

2021/11/25 | Roy Ngerng

NT$25,250 Is Still Not Enough for a Basic Standard of Living in Taiwan

President Tsai increased the minimum wage by a larger percentage in six years than her predecessors in their full eight-year terms, but this is not good enough.

2021/11/10 | Roy Ngerng

Business Groups Are Campaigning Against Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Increase. Don’t Let Them Succeed.

There’s been a campaign waged by business groups against a minimum wage hike in Taiwan. Don’t fall for what they’re saying.

2021/11/03 | Roy Ngerng

Do Civil Servants in Taiwan Earn Twice as Much as Private Sector Workers?

The mystery of how much Taiwan’s civil servants earn shows the government to be unserious about transparency and raising wages.

2021/01/21 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Transformation in Taiwan Requires Social and Political Transformation

Digital literacy training can mitigate many problems. But this can't be implemented without a thorough social and political transformation in Taiwan.

2021/11/18 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Catching Up With Consumer Prices

Taiwan’s workers need to be aware that it is not the increases in wages that are causing prices to rise. Businesses are increasing prices whether wages increase.

2021/11/30 | Roy Ngerng

A Higher Minimum Wage Won’t Lead To Higher Unemployment in Taiwan

Despite what you may hear from business interest lobbyists, the historical data shows no clear correlation between a growing minimum wage and a higher unemployment rate.