“There were some initial setbacks during the start of the negotiations, but we are glad that there was real cooperation between the parties to settle the issue outside of court. The involved workers worked extremely hard and deserve every cent owed to them. It is good to see an agreement that favours them,” STIEU General Secretary Engrit Liaw said. The union said that Focus Lumber, citing business slowdown as a result of COVID-19, cut the salaries of its workers by half. STIEU said that it was done without prior negotiations with the workers and thereby illegal as stated in Section 113 of the Sabah Labour Ordinance Act. Focus Lumber is a manufacturer and seller of plywood, veneer and laminated veneer lumber.

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