68 Indians asked to resign in Malaysia
The workers were allegedly asked by their employer to return home after they demanded a pay hike.india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 17:19 IST
Sixty-eight Indian workers have been allegedly asked by their local employer in Kuala Lumpur to resign and return home after they demanded a pay hike.
The Indians, some of whom have been working here for the past six years, claimed they had been cheated of their monthly wages by the company which manufactures car spare parts, and told to resign and return home when they demanded a pay hike, the 'Malay Mail' reported on Friday.
They claimed they were promised RM 800 (Rs 9,832 approx) a month in their employment contract but instead were paid less than half the sum.
"We are only getting RM 320 (Rs 3,933 approx) monthly and work 10 hours a day plus two hours overtime daily.
In a month, we are given two off days and allowed two days medical leave," one of the workers identified as Shanmugam Angathkumar told the paper.
He said the workers had asked the employers to increase their salaries but the management had turned a "deaf ear."
Shanmugan said their passpsorts were with the employer.
Another worker Ganapthy Srinivasan said the company authorities had threatened the workers when some of them asked for a raise.
"We were suspended and days later given a show-cause letter for our 'absence'," he told the daily.
The workers, who said a police report had been lodged by them, later went to the Indian High Commission to present their case. The employer too met the High Commission officials.
"We are asking for a compensation of RM 15,000 (Rs 1.84 lakh approx) for each worker who wants to go back to India and their flight tickets paid by the company as well," a lawyer for the workers said.
Sources said that job agents both in India and Malaysia were to be blamed for the plight of the workers.
"The workers are promised a high salary and they are made to sign a fictitious contract stating a high pay," they told the agency.
"However, on arrival here the workers discover the scam but are unable to do anything. In most cases the employer too is not liable to buy their air tickets as they have to fulfill the contract before they are paid money to buy tickets," the sources said.