The labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) were called to the new campus construction site at the University of Saint Joesph yesterday, after a group of mainland workers were demanding their employer pay them salary arrears totaling MOP7million. Public Security Police officers were also called to the scene.
The site had to cease operation temporarily yesterday morning.
According to the TDM, one of the workers said that the incident involved almost 200 workers in different positions. He stated that, following partial payment of their August and September salaries they are still waiting to receive payment for October and November and that he estimated that he was owed around MOP30,000 to MOP40,000. The total amount may reach as much as MOP7 million.
The workers said that they do not know which party was responsible for their salaries and only hope that they will be paid as soon as possible.
DSAL released a statement yesterday afternoon claiming that it recognizes that around 150 mainland workers failed to receive their salaries and 21 workers have been dismissed. DSAL said that the contractor promised to pay workers on Friday and rehire 16 of the 21 non-resident workers previously dismissed. It will also compensate the remaining five workers.