All work and slow pay vexes security guards


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

Filing a complaint: (From left) Musa Shariff, Muhammad Fazly and Jalani Yahaya going through some documents outside the state Labour Department. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: A group of security guards lodged a complaint with the state Labour Department claiming that they were forced to work long stretches without any days off by their employer.

Group spokesman Muhammad Fazly Md Ibrahim, 40, said he had personally worked four months in a row without a day off, and if any one of them needed a day off, they had to find someone to cover for them.

“Our salaries are also always late. We should be paid by the seventh of every month but we are instead paid by the eighth.

“For our advance salary, it is also the same and we will get it a day late and sometimes even later,” he said after lodging the complaint with the department in Downing Street yesterday.

Another security guard Musa Shariff, 60, said they also had their pay deducted when they produced a medical certificate (MC) when they could not come to work.

“I had a colleague who reported in sick and he managed to get an MC from a government hospital but the company still deducted RM474 from his salary.

“I have some 200 colleagues and we are all facing the same problem. We’ve approached the branch manager about the matter which is still unresolved,” he added.

A company spokesman said he would look into the matter by meeting with the security guards and solve it amicably.

A labour department spokesman confirmed receiving the complaint which would be investigated under the Labour Act.

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