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Workers from China in wage dispute paid salaries in full

Published on Dec 19, 2012 7:20 PM

FOUR construction workers from China, who had complained to the Manpower Ministry (MOM) about owed wages, were paid in full on Wednesday by their ex-employer and will be flying back to their country today.

The dispute was settled after a 10-minute mediation at the ministry's Bendemeer office. The four from Anhui were paid from $2,000 to over $4,000, or about two to three months' wages, by a representative from Sime Chong Construction.

The four, who had quit in mid-November over the salary arrears, told The Straits Times that they will be heading to Nanjing on Thursday afternoon by Singapore Airlines, with tickets paid for by Sime Chong.

Migrant Workers' Centre (MWC) said in a statement later in the evening that it was happy a resolution was achieved, and that the migrants' group will continue to house the four workers until their departure.