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Following the high profile termination of Temasek Holdings-owned Surbana Jurong of 54 staffs, the general secretary of NTUC’s branch, Singapore Industrial & Services Employees’ Union, Philip Lee, wrote on Facebook saying that it is heartless for the government-linked company to sack the unionised employees before Chinese New Year.

“To sack them just before CNY (Chinese New Year) is heartless to the extreme. Union wants to see fairness at MOM (Ministry of Manpower).”

At another NTUC branch, President of Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union (Batu), Nasordin Mohd Hashim, commented that Surbana Jurong did not follow “due process” when firing:

“Usually, before a union member is terminated, the details of the case would be officially given to the union to ensure our members will be given fair treatment and that due process is followed. This was not observed.”

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The firing happened a week ago (Jan 14) that saw 54 staffs immediately terminated. On Tuesday (Jan 16), the Chief Executive of Surbana Jurong, Wong Heang Fine, sent an email to its remaining staff saying that the mass dismissal was performance-related:

“54 axed workers were poor performers who could not be allowed to affect the rest of the organisation negatively.”

However there was no performance review prior to the firing and that some workers even cleared their performance review held in July last year. It is also understood that Surbana Jurong did not make any compensation to the workers.