Thursday, May 20, 2010

Discrimination of estate workers

Estate worker earns RM33 a month after deductions. This is a discrimination to the Indian community and other estate workers. Blame it on Sammy Vellu, Barisan Nasional and the big oil palm companies.

ALTHOUGH the country has progressed after 53 years of independence, some families in plantations in the Hulu Selangor area earn only about RM200 a month, reported Makkal Osai.

N. Subramaniam, a father of four, has been working in estates for over 30 years but only took home RM33 after deductions to his April salary.

He said his family was able to survive as his wife, a factory worker, earns about RM600 monthly but she has to work six days a week from 7am to 7pm.

Plantation supervisor K. Sinniah, 53, said life was hard in the estates and some workers pawn their valuables for money. Others turn to loan sharks during emergencies.
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