Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Help rendered to 60 Bangladeshi workers after peaceful assembly outside MOM building

Source: SG Politics

Help has been rendered to 60 unemployed Bangladeshi workers who staged a peaceful assembly outside MOM building to draw attention to their plight on Monday.

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Original ST Title: 60 workers demand unpaid wages
Straits Times, 17 Feb 2009

ABOUT 60 Bangladeshi workers gathered outside the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) at Havelock Road yesterday, demanding work and unpaid wages.

The workers, all employees of Goldrich Venture, claimed they had been owed around three months’ wages and have not worked for at least a month.

When contacted yesterday, the MOM said Goldrich Venture is one of two companies that have been under investigation for salary arrears and possible breaches under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act since last month.

The ministry has commenced prosecution action against Mr Paul Lee, director of Goldrich Venture and Gates Offshore, for violations under the Act.

It also said it helped the 60 workers move to proper accommodations after discovering that they were housed in unacceptable conditions, and is helping them with their salary claims.

It added that it will not hesitate to take action against employers who fail to pay salaries on time, or fail to upkeep and maintain the foreign workers they have brought in.