Can you live a month with only RM495 in your hand? This is what happened to the school cleaners who got their salary reduced by 40% to RM495 after the school said that only 60% of the workforce is allowed at workplace, following the SOP for Phase 1.
According to Sinar Harian, Jaringan Pekerja Kontrak Kerajaan (JPKK) had took it to the social media to voice out for the affected employees, as well as urge the Government to pay them full salary even though they were forced to stay at home due to the SOP.
Their representative from the affected group, Sivaranjani Manickam said that the minimum wage of RM1,200 is already not sufficient, especially during these difficult times.
“There were many proposals to increased the wage to RM1,500 to RM1,800 even though this amount is still not enough in reality.”
“There are also contractors do not obey the minimum wage and are only paying their employees RM900.” he said.
Following the enforcement of the Phase 1, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has reduce the workforce in schools by 60%, which led to contractors reducing the salary of their employees by 40%.
Commenting further, Sivaranjani said, a total of 50,000 cleaning workers nationwide will be affected as a result of the salary reduction, especially during the implementation period of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
“The salary of a cleaner is only RM1,100 or RM1,200 at the minimum wage level for a month.The MOE’s guidelines cause their salaries to be reduced to RM600 to RM700 from June 2021.” he said.
Nonetheless, he hoped that the MOE and the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) would not outline conflicting and confusing policies in tackling this issue.
“MOHR in the guidelines of the Movement Control Order (MCO) says that employers are not allowed to deduct employees’ salaries, but MOE has violated the policy.” he explained.
In addition, he requested that school cleaners and guards be included in the vaccination process similar to the school teachers.
“This group is also considered as frontliner because school cleaners play an important role in the school sanitation process to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.” he said.
Meanwhile, he shared that a contract worker in one of the schools in Kelantan had his salary reduced and this had directly affected his family’s life.
“Meanwhile, our life is affected even if we lose RM50. I have three children and have to ration daily necessities for survival.”
“So, I ask JPKK to please discuss with the Building and Area Cleaning contract association (KBK) to pay the minimum wage of employees.” he said.
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