Man arrested over wage dispute on crane

Man arrested over wage dispute on crane

For about three hours Tuesday, a man stayed atop a crane eight storeys high at a West Coast construction site.

Mr Zhang Huanjun made the move "due to an ongoing salary dispute with his employer", said a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) spokesman last night.

But around 11am, the 34-year-old foreign worker clambered down.

"MOM officers persuaded him to come down after his employer had agreed to resolve his dispute," said the spokesman, adding that he never approached the ministry for help.

He has been arrested for criminal trespass.

Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao, citing sources, reported that the man was heavily saddled with gambling debts. It said he threatened suicide after his employers declined to give him a two-month advance on his wages.

A police spokesman said they got a call for help at about 8.40am. Without naming Mr Zhang, the police said that on arrival, they found a man "sitting on top of a construction crane".

"The man subsequently came down from the crane and was arrested for criminal trespass."

The civil defence force also sent, among other support vehicles, an ambulance and fire engine after it was alerted at 9.43am. But no aid was needed when the man was coaxed to safety.

A condominium, Seahill, is coming up at the site, built by China Construction (South Pacific) Development. The developer is Boo Han Holdings, linked to property giant Far East Organisation.

Both the police and MOM are carrying out separate investigations.


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