Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kenmark workers in a quandary

KLANG: More than 400 workers of Kenmark Industrial Co (M) Bhd, a public listed company, are in a quandary as they have no work to do and are worried about not being paid their salaries at the end of the month.

However, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has advised the workers to continue reporting for duty while it seeks clarification from the Labour Department.

MTUC vice-president A Balasubramaniam on Thursday, June 24 told Bernama that the congress would assist the workers and continue to protect their interests.

He said that during his visit to the factory in Port Klang on Thursday, the workers expressed concern about their future and were worried that their dues would not be paid by the management.

He added that there were no management personnel at the factory to give instructions to the workers and they had been on their own for the past few days.

According to the workers, there was no more work to do as the factory was completely shut down.

Two days ago, the electricity supply to the factory was disconnected by TENAGA NASIONAL BHD [].

The workers, comprising 200 locals and the rest, foreigners mainly from Bangladesh and Myanmar, found themselves suddenly locked out when they reported for duty on May 28.

However, on June 7, Selangor Labour Department Director Fong Khei Por directed them to return to work as the new management had decided to resume operation and the workers complied.

The company had been categorised as PN17 by Bursa Malaysia. A company is classified as PN17 if it is in'' "financial distress".

Meanwhile, the Senior Assistant Director of the Manpower Department at Port Klang, Shahbuddin Abu Bakar, told Bernama that the management had assured the department that electricity to the premises would be reconnected soon.

He advised the workers not to panic as their interests would be safeguarded by the department.

The company's human resources manager, Yeow Kim Sah, said the management had given an assurance that the workers would be paid their June salaries by July 7.

Yeow, who claimed that he was just a middle-level executive, could not explain the complete shutdown before the disconnection of electricity nor assure the workers of long-term employment security.

He declined to give the details of the new management, saying: "All I can say at this moment is that I am the human resources manager." ' Bernama

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