'Fired' without proper notice, ex-school cleaners seek reinstatement

  • 14 Jun 2019
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School cleaner M Ganeson Pillai recently found himself in a double whammy when both he and his wife D Rajeswari, lost their respective jobs as school cleaners at SK Tasik Puteri in Rawang, Selangor.

Worse still, the couple claim their contracts were terminated with just a short notice when they were notified on May 30 by the school principal, and not their employer, to not come to work beginning June 1.

"Even the principal was not sure what was going on. My employer did not say anything.

"The principal said the new contractors only needed four cleaners but there were 12 of us there at the time. So the rest of us lost our jobs," he was reported telling Malaysiakini when met after filing a complaint about the termination at the Selangor Industrial Relations Department (IRD) in Shah Alam yesterday.

The sudden termination has deprived the couple of income to support their four children - three of whom are still schooling. The eldest is a job-seeking diploma holder.

Ganeson and Rajeswari are not the only ones facing the predicament. They are among at least 30 school cleaners in government schools in Selangor who have lodged complaints with the IRD regarding similar issues.

Another person who lodged a similar complaint was 44-year-old Malay woman, who only wanted to be known as Siti.

She lamented about being let go a week before Hari Raya Aidilfitri. 
The complainants are seeking to challenge their "unfair" dismissal and want reinstatement.

Parti Sosialis Malaysia Workers Bureau head M Sivaranjani, who accompanied the complainants, said the party is prepared to assist school cleaners who have been terminated from their jobs nationwide in lodging reports with the IRD.

"Now we have been told that the workers don’t have to come by themselves. We can be their representatives to collect the forms and submit them for filing.

"We are going to help the workers, (especially) those who are staying very far away.

 We are going to go to all the states, starting here in Selangor," she was quoted saying.

Source: Malaysiakini
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