17 May 2009

Staff cry foul over govt overtime


JOHOR BARU: Are civil servants being shortchanged of their overtime payments?

Cuepacs president Omar Osman alleged that of late, many government agencies had not been paying the full amounts of the overtime hours claimed by workers.

Omar claimed the agencies had reduced overtime to less than 50 hours per month for a worker. He said some had even been offered replacement off-days in lieu of the overtime hours.

"Many of them are low-income earners. So working overtime could help supplement their livelihood. We need money to survive nowadays.

"We have yet to suffer from a severe recession. There are no instructions issued on this matter on cutting down overtime claims," he said after opening the Peninsular Malaysia Immigration Services Federation meeting on Friday
Omar said some civil servants had resorted to working at night markets since their overtime hours had been reduced.

Omar said he would meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak soon to discuss the matter.

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