SIBU: Locals working as security guards in schools in the state have been victimised by their employers from the peninsula with non-payment of salary for up to four months.
The Sarawak Consumers Protection Association said it would start filing for court action against one of the contractors.
The contractor has not paid the 32 security guards working in nine schools and the Selangau Education office for three to four months now.
Its president, Datuk Seri Law Ying Mee, told a press conference yesterday that the exploitation of local security guards occurred as most of the contractors are from Kuala Lumpur who were given the job by the Education Ministry in Putrajaya.
“They think they can do anything they like without needing to follow the rules,” he said angrily.
Law said the awarding of contracts to west Malaysian security companies by the ministry was in the first place very wrong as they took things in their own hands.
“They thought that Putrajaya will not know if they exploit the local guards. My association will fight for the guards over non-payment of salary including non-submission of contribution to the Employees Provident Fund and SOCSO,” he said.
In the case of the 32 security guards, he said most of them could not celebrate Gawai as they had not received their pay for three or four months already.
Not only that they have sometimes also been shortchanged by the company.
According to the employment agreement, the guards are to receive a basic monthly pay of RM800 for eight hours work for 26 days a month.
“They have been working 12 hours a day non-stop for the whole month without any rest day, even on Sundays and public holidays. Based on that calculation, they should be paid RM1,647 but instead they were paid only RM560,” he said.
Showing a letter from the state Education Department, Law said the company even asked for a payment of RM1,647 for each guard from the ministry.
“In the months which they got their salary, they do not even know how much they should get as they were not issued payslips. When they first started work, they had to buy their own uniform at RM300 each. This should be borne by the company,” he said.
Law said he had approached the Education Department but was told that the matter lied with the Education Ministry as it approved the tender for school security.
He said he was filing the matter to the Labour Court to compel the company to pay what was due to the guards. Following that he would also help other school security guards statewide on the same matter.