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SD
01/06/2009 15:41:19
Re: Shutdown

Dear Mr.Siow,

A company had declared 4-day shutdown in the month of May 2009 which was agreed by all employees in the company. However, certain departments - production, Packing etc. applied to the company to work on the days shutdown were declared and got the approval. But some other department staff was not asked to come back to work by the management. It was a clear case of double standard. Since certain deprtments were allowed to come back to work on the days company was supposed to shutdown whereas other departments were not allowed to work, do you agree that it is an unfair labour practice?
Do you agree that company should have lifted the shutdown for the whole company when allowing certain departments to come back to work
?

Your comment please. Thank you.
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KL Siew
kl_siew@yahoo.com
01/06/2009 20:00:10
I suppose management did it basing on the merits of the individual departments and in the best interest of the company.
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SD
01/06/2009 23:22:01
Dear Mr. Siow,

First of all, when the company requested employees to agree to the shutdown, it was done on a company-wide basis. Everyone co-operated. Moreover, the shutdown (4 day in a month) is without dateline. Therefore, all leaves will be exhausted eventually and resulted in unpaid leave that will reduce take home pay.

It is totally not fair to those who had agreed in the first place. In the name of " in the best interest of the company" , I believe company can just simply penalise other department that have to take annual leave which they are not supposed to if not of the shutdown. I would think that there is no equal treatment of employees under this circumstances.

Those who have to take leave will be demoralised because of the inequality in the treatment by using "in the best interest of the company" as an excuse. it is in the best interest of the company but not in the best interest of the affected employees. Agree?


Thanks.
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SD
01/06/2009 23:48:55
Dear Mr.Siow,

Are you saying that in time of economic crisis, company is always right? Employees are always at the receiving end? don't you think that company should implement plans that will not affected the moral of the employees. Is it not that it is very subjective to say "in the best interest of the company/"

Is it better for the affected employees not to agree to the shutdown in the first place? Please remember that once agreed to the shutdown, it is like givng a parang to the company and let them slaughter the employees whom the company think do not deserve shutdown? I beg to disagree with your view of using sweeping statement of "in the best interest of the company" which may be abused.

To me shutdown means shutdown. but why allow certain deapartment to come to work and disallow other departments ? What is the rationale behind? Are you saying that in time of economic crisis, some departments are important than others? Why treat certain department as unimportant during economic crisis when they have been operating for so many years?

Can we say that our left hand is not important on certain time of the day? So where is the teamwork now, Mr. Siow?

we cannot dump one or a few departments aside and treat other department as very important.
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KL Siew
02/06/2009 13:37:14
Why not you also pique the brain of the officers of the Industrial Relations Department?
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SD
03/06/2009 16:23:45
Good to get different views. Thanks for the feedback.
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