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Wayne Burt Precision Technologies Pte Ltd faces 91 charges for not paying salaries to employees

  1. In the State Courts today, the Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”) charged Wayne Burt Precision Technologies Pte Ltd (“the company”) for failing to make timely payment of salaries to 24 employees. The company, a manufacturer of oil and gas equipment, faces 91 charges under the Employment Act (“EA”).
  2. The Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”) has assisted all the affected employees, who were owed between three and four months’ salaries, to fully recover their owed salaries amounting to almost $185,000. The corresponding CPF contributions for the local employees have also been recovered.

About the Case

  1. MOM conducted investigations upon being alerted by the Metal Industries Workers Union (“MIWU”) that its members had not been paid their salaries by the company. Investigations revealed that the company had failed to pay the 24 employees their salaries between December 2016 and March 2017.
  2. This is not the first time that the company had failed to pay its employees’ salaries on time. The company was previously convicted and fined $17,500 on 24 November 2016 for similar offences.
  3. Under the EA, repeat offenders that fail to make timely payment of salaries to their employees can be fined between $6,000 and $30,000 per charge.

Advisory from MOM

  1. Commenting on the case, Mr Raymond Tan Choon Guan, Director of Employment Standards Enforcement, (陈俊源, 人力部雇佣标准执法处处长) said, “The company has been persistently late in paying its employees’ salaries, despite having been earlier convicted of similar offences. This is unacceptable. In some instances, salaries were paid up to two months late, which caused financial hardship for many employees. MOM will not hesitate to take stronger actions against such recalcitrant offenders. The company and all its directors have also been debarred from hiring foreign workers”.
  2. Employees who are owed salaries should approach MOM, the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management, or their unions for assistance as soon as possible. Doing so early will improve their chances of recovering their salaries.
  3. Anyone who knows of persons or employers who contravene the Employment Act should report the matter to MOM at 1800-221-9922 or email workright@mom.gov.sg. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
  4. To know more about employment rights and obligations, visit MOM’s WorkRight mobile clinics. Details on the dates, times and locations of the mobile clinics can be found at http://www.mom.gov.sg/workright.
Last Updated: 01 December 2017