Posted: 20 Jun 2012 12:04 AM PDT
Hawker centre has only two cleaners, stall owners upset
Vendors at a hawker centre located at block 115 in Bukit Merah View are upset that for the past few days, their contractor has only sent two cleaners to help clear dishes and clean tables.
And it's not a small hawker centre. There are 84 stalls.
To make matters worse – stall owners say sometimes there are no cleaners at all.
Pang Xiu Zhen, 72, the owner of a vegetable-rice food stall, said that she has no choice but to clear and clean the tables on her own.
According to 10 vendors interviewed three weeks ago - 13 cleaners, who held student passes and visas, were arrested for working without valid permits recently.
The two cleaners assigned to the hawker centre, said they were sent by their company as a temporary solution.
When contacted, Tan De, the chairman of the Bukit Merah View Shop Vendor Union, confirmed that there is problem with the contractor.
He said that the contractor told him he could not find more cleaners.
"The contract with the contractor has not expired. We are unable to find temporary staff as many locals are not willing to do this job," Mr Tan said.
Source: Lianhe Wanbao, 18 June 2012.
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