The minimum wage of RM1,500 has been implemented starting 1 May, but not everyone is receiving what they should according to the law.
According to Astro Awani, Jaringan Pekerja Kontrak Kerajaan (JPKK) national coordinator Danial Hakeem Azman said that many contract workers complained their employers were still paying them only RM1,200.
He explained that these companies gave excuses such as their agreement with the government was based on the previous minimum wage, thus they will only pay them the new minimum wage once the company’s contract with the government ends.
Among them who stood up against this are contract-based security guards and cleaners working at public schools and government buildings.
“Workers have complained that some contractors shared that their companies will continue to pay the previous minimum salary which is RM1,200 until their contract expires,”
“The company will also only pay off salary arrears of RM300 a month, from RM1,200 to RM1,500 there is RM300 there right? They will pay RM1,500 after the company’s contract with the government comes to an end. Meaning, it will only be paid in the form of arrears at the end of the contract,” Danial shared.
Meanwhile, he also explained that the mentioned arrears were rarely fulfilled by the companies.
“During the previous increment of the minimum wage from RM1,100 to RM1,200, the backdated amounts were also not paid,” he said.
Danial elaborated that government cleaners and security workers will not be receiving the new minimum wage until a new contract is in or until the agreement contract between Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) or the customer, in this case the government, and the contractor is renewed.
Thus, Danial called on the government to set a good example to the private sector in terms of ensuring workers’ welfare.
“Companies with unstable financial situations must not be continuously offered tenders. The implementation of the new minimum wage which started on 1 May must be paid immediately and not only when a company’s contract with the government ends,” he said.
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