Teachers seek legal redress over termination

Yap (right) in a discussion with the individuals seeking his assistance and legal advice.

KUCHING: Eight teachers are seeking legal advice and assistance from the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) after their services were terminated on short notice during the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO).

SUPP PCB chief Wilfred Yap said the individuals were previously employed as teachers in a tuition school before their dismissal.

“Thus, they have approached the SUPP PCB to seek legal advice and assistance to help them in claiming for reasonable compensation which they are legally entitled to,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that he had requested the Labour Department to conduct proper investigation into the complaints of the eight individuals.

He also hoped the department would ensure the legal rights of the eight individuals, to adequate compensation (retrenchment benefits) under current law, was paid to them.

“SUPP PCB would like to notify employees facing unreasonable dismissal or retrenchment to lodge a complaint with the Sarawak Labour Department located at Bangunan KWSP, Jalan Upland, Simpang Tiga here.  

“Any employee who feels that they are not fairly treated or if they feel their termination is not fairly done can personally go to the Sarawak Labour Department and where necessary, their case would be referred to the Labour Court or Industrial Court by the Department.

“The verdict or decision of the Sarawak Labour Court or Industrial Court can only be challenged in the High Court,” he explained.

Yap also advised employees not to suffer in silence but to stand up for their rights.

He assured that SUPP PCB is always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone facing employment issues/problems but did not know how to deal with it.

Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP PCB’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance.