School workers not receiving minimum wage, says PSM, JERIT (The Sun) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Posted on 25 September 2014 - 05:01pm
Ahmad Zainul Ariffin
PUTRAJAYA: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT) want the Education Ministry to explain why school workers have not been receiving salaries according to the figure fixed in the minimum wage scheme.
Today representatives from PSM and JERIT staged a protest to highlight the issue in front of the Education Ministry, in Putrajaya.
The NGOs said they conducted a survey recently which showed that contractors from 14 out of 16 schools in Kajang and Semenyih have not been implementing the scheme which has fixed the minimum wage of RM900 a month for Peninsular Malaysia.
In Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan the minimum wage is RM800 a month.
"There are still many reports saying that some of the school workers such as cleaners and security guards are still earning salaries between RM650 and RM850 from the contractor," said JERIT's worker coalition coordinator Sivaranjani Manickam.
In an immediate response, the ministry's head of the media section Ab Kahar Harun said the NGOs should forward their complaints to the Human Resource Ministry.
"We cannot force the contractors to pay the workers salary, as it is not within our jurisdiction and they should have pointed out this matter to the Human Resource Ministry," he said.
"We honour the minimum wage scheme and have paid the contractors for their services. If the contractors paid the worker RM850 a month, we will add another RM50. All the money has been transferred to the respective state to be given to the contractors based on their invoices," said Kahar.
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