40% to 50% rise in cleaning fee the main gripe of Old Airport Road hawkers

The Old Airport Road Hawker Centre has become the latest to come under scrutiny amid an ongoing debate over the way hawker centres are run.
The Old Airport Road Hawker Centre has become the latest to come under scrutiny amid an ongoing debate over the way hawker centres are run.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

But food centre's stallholders refute online claim that they are being made to work long hours

A 40 per cent to 50 per cent rise in cleaning fees has emerged as the main grouse among hawkers at the popular Old Airport Road Hawker Centre since it came under the management of NTUC Foodfare in July last year. Footfall, some claim, has also fallen further, eating into profits.

But allegations that they were being made to work long hours or needed permission to take leave were not true, they told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2018, with the headline 'Cleaning fee hike the main gripe of Old Airport Road hawkers'. Print Edition | Subscribe