SINGAPORE - Mr T. Manimaran, who has Secondary 4 education, earns about $3,000 a month as a garbage truck driver with SembWaste.
The father of two primary school pupils is proud of his job.
"I work very hard, reporting to work at 7am and finishing only in the afternoon," he said.
He appeared in a National Trades Union Congress video tribute shown during the May Day Rally as part of a campaign to show appreciation to ordinary workers.
Mr Manimaran, 49, who lives in a Housing Board flat in Yishun, has been at his job for more than 20 years.
Asked if he is bothered by the smell, he replied: "What smell? I have no problem."
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