SHAH ALAM: A group of workers at a bakery here were left in the lurch after they were laid off with less than 24 hours notice given to them.
A group of some 60 people staged a protest outside the main entrance of the factory on Saturday, demanding proper compensation after being retrenched by High-5 Marketing Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of High-5 Consolidated Berhad.
The group’s spokesperson, Mohd Rusnizam Abu Said, 40, said that he and 59 others received written notices from the company’s management on Wednesday, informing them of their termination.
”The letter said that the company would cease operations after June 23 and we were given a month’s notice of our termination with cheques of half a month’s salary.
”But we were told not to come to work starting Friday. We have also not received our claims and sales commission for the last two months,” he said on Saturday.
Mohd Rusnizam said the group, comprising workers from various departments, will bring up their cases with the Labour Department on Monday.
When contacted, MTUC acting president Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid described the action of the company as a ”clear violation of labour laws”.
He said the company should not have terminated the workers on such short notice with no room for further discussions, especially with the Hari Raya celebration coming.
Attempts to contact the management of the company have been unsuccessful.