SINGAPORE: Five of the workers who protested outside a building in Ang Mo Kio this week had to pay salaries, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Friday (Oct. 21).
These outstanding payments have since been fully settled by the workers’ employer, Zhengda Corporation, MOM said in a Facebook post.
MOM and the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) had assisted the 10 migrant workers of Zhengda Corporation involved in the incident on Oct. 18. Earlier reports stated that nine employees were involved, but this number has been revised.
“We found that five out of ten employees had to make salary payments. We assisted all five employees with their salary claims and Zhengda Corporation has since paid the payments in full,” MOM said.
“We have also verified that the other five employees and the rest of Zhengda Corporation’s workforce are not due salary payments and have not reported any welfare concerns to date.”
MOM has also found that Shanghai Chong Kee owes salary payments to their migrant workers, the ministry said, adding that MOM and TADM are currently assisting these workers.
Both Shanghai Chong Kee and Zhengda Corporation are under investigation for possible violations under the Employment Act, it added.
On Tuesday afternoon, workers blocked the entrance and exit of the building at 62.5 Ang Mo Kio Street, held up signs with the company name Shanghai Chong Kee in Mandarin and demanded their salaries.
On Wednesday, the company’s security director said the protest was over a payment dispute between his company and subcontractor Zhengda Corporation.
He said six of the men had been hired by Shanghai Chong Kee for renovation work at the Ang Mo Kio site.
According to Zhengda Corporation, Shanghai Chong Kee has not paid for weeks. The latter had since issued two checks, the Zhengda Corporation project director said on Wednesday.
MOM said the well-being of Singapore’s workforce, including migrant workers, is always its priority.
“MOM and TADM will continue to assist workers facing salary difficulties and help them recover their paychecks,” the ministry said, adding that it is also collaborating with the Migrant Workers’ Center and the Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union. to assist with the welfare of the workers.
Migrant workers who need assistance with salary issues can contact MOM at 6438 5122 or TADM through its website.