Monday, February 23, 2009


DENGKIL, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Some 80,000 workers from various sectors have been temporarily laid-off until last month, almost double than the figure expected, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.He said some 19,000 workers had been retrenched until last month, 4,000 more than the expected figure.

"We had expected 45,000 workers would be temporarily laid-off by last month. Some workers are working up to four days a week while others had their working hours shortened from 12 hours to eight hours a day," he told reporters after launching the Women Empowerment Project sponsored by ExxonMobil here today.

Dr Subramaniam said most of the workers involved were in the manufacturing, electrical and electronic sectors with less than 20 factories winding up operation to date.
Retrenched workers could join various training courses and entrepreneur development programmes provided by the ministry, he said, adding that trainees would be given the cost of living allowance.

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