FIVE REPORTS ON WORKERS LAID OFF
At least five reports on termination of services involving 25 workers from throughout the State werereceived by the Sabah Labor Department between Jan 1 and Jan 28 this year. The affected workers were mainly from the manufacturing and service sectors due to the current economic downturn, said State Labour Director Hjh Siti Aishah Binti Hj Mohd Asri.
She said they are currently monitoring the employment situation in the State after receiving the reports from the workers. Siti said the Department has set up an operations room in all its 13 offices throughout Sabah.
Workers who have been laid off or retrenched by their employers can report the matter to the centre, she said. “The Department will strive to seek jobs for these people based on their talent and capability. Skills training also would be conducted for them based on the market needs, she told reporters after launching the Sabah Softwood Berhad (SSB) Child Day Care Centre in Kumansi.
Meanwhile, commenting on the illegal employment of housemaids, Siti stressed that any employers who were found to employ housemaids without valid documents will face action. It was learned that employers prefer to employ illegal housemaids because these workers do not demand reasonable pay.