Oil and gas equipment manufacturer Wayne Burt Precision Technologies is facing 91 charges under Singapore's Employment Act (EA) for failing to pay the salaries of 24 employees.

The company was charged by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Thursday (Nov 30) in the State Courts, according to a press statement. The affected employees were owed between three and four months’ salaries, amounting to almost S$185,000.

MOM has assisted the affected employees to fully recover the salaries owed as well as corresponding CPF contributions for local employees.

The ministry reported that this was not the first time the company has neglected to pay workers’ salaries on time, as it was previously convicted and fined S$17,500 on 24 November 2016 for similar offences.

It was also stated that repeat offenders failing to pay employee salaries in a timely manner can be fined between $6,000 and $30,000 per charge.

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“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,” commented Raymond Tan Choon Guan, director of employment standards enforcement.

Tan also added that the company and all its directors have been debarred from hiring foreign workers.

The ministry encouraged all employees who are owed salaries to approach MOM, the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management, or their unions for help as soon as possible, in order to increase their chances of recovering their salaries.

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