Workers' pay issues resolved

Workers' pay issues resolved

Four Chinese construction workers who stopped work at a Housing Board project site in Yishun on Nov 26 over unpaid wages had their salary arrears paid in full yesterday.

The four men - Mr Chi Wen Wu, 37; Mr Kai Sheng He, 45; Mr Wang Zheng Hua, 38; and Mr Wu Liang Zhong, 41 - were employees of Sime Chong Construction.

They were owed amounts totalling about $14,000.

The men, who are no longer working, had lodged salary claims with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) late last month and have remained in Singapore on Special Passes since.

They received their salaries yesterday following a short meeting held at MOM Services Centre in Bendemeer Road at 4pm with their former employer and MOM's labour-relations officers.

The men were also provided with tickets for a Singapore Airlines flight today to Nanjing, China.

Mr Chi told My Paper: "I was affected by this incident but I will still consider returning to Singapore to work because of how much assistance was given to us."

Their case was cast into the spotlight after about 20 workers from India - who were also employed by Sime Chong Construction at the Yishun Avenue 6 site - stayed away from work on Tuesday.

The 20 were part of a group of 28 who were working at the worksite.

All had not been paid their November salaries by the same employer.

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