Company fined for delayed salaries

Company fined for delayed salaries

SINGAPORE - The company which employed two men who staged a sit-in atop construction cranes last year was fined on Thursday $8,000 for failing to pay its workers their salaries on time.

Zhong Jiang (Singapore) International had failed to pay 10 workers a total of $44,421 for work done from September to November 2012.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) investigated the Chinese construction firm after the two workers climbed up the two tower cranes at their worksite and claimed their employer had withheld their salaries. The MOM found their claims could not be substantiated.

On Thursday, the firm faced 25 charges under the Employment Act for not paying its workers within seven days after the last day of the salary period. It is the highest number of Employment Act charges faced by a company so far this year.

Asked in court why the salaries had been paid late, a representative from the company said it had been late in collecting some of its payments.

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