BUKIT MERTAJAM, April 2 – Seventeen lorry tanker drivers of a transport company in Kampung Mengkuang here alleged they were terminated without notice or compensation by the company. A representative of the group, Jamaludin Ismail, 43, said they only received their dismissal letter effective March 31 and were only informed that the contract of their employer with a petrol company had been terminated on that date. “A total of 80 lorry drivers of the company were affected, however a portion of them have obtained employment as they were still young while we, 17 are finding it hard to seek new employment.
“We are only asking the company to consider compensation payment so that the money could help us tide through the period before securing the next employment,” he told reporters after a peaceful gathering in front of the company here today. “We were only told to come to the office, to collect our pro rated basic pay which amounted to RM200 and RM400 and this is insufficient to cover our family expenses. Meanwhile a Peninsular Malaysia Transport Workers Union industrial relations officer, Musa Abdullah said the union was collecting information and would follow up with the Manpower Department for further action.