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Keppel Shipyard under probe by MOM over unpaid wages

Shipyard also responsible for workers hired by sub-contractor: Ministry

Published on Feb 12, 2014 8:21 AM
 
Workers from Akash Engineering being persuaded by Migrant Workers’ Centre executive director Bernard Menon (centre, white shirt) last month not to stage an illegal strike. The workers said they had not been paid salaries for up to 3 1/2 months.--  PHOTO: MIGRANT WORKERS’ CENTRE

Keppel Shipyard is being probed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) over claims that its sub-contractor owes wages to its workers.

The Straits Times reported on Monday how 120 shipyard workers hired by Akash Engineering and Technology almost went on strike last month. They said their employer had not paid them salaries of up to 31/2 months.

The employees - 100 Bangladeshis and 20 Indians - were talked out of their plans by the Migrant Workers' Centre.

The MOM has since been investigating the sub-contractor for possible breaches of the Employment Act.

 
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Background story

MINISTRY SAYS:

Keppel Shipyard is also being investigated by MOM for possible infringement of its responsibilities as a sponsoring shipyard under the marine sector scheme.

KEPPEL SAYS:

Akash Engineering did not inform us of the full extent of the financial difficulties which they were facing.