Building and Wood
Workers' International

STIEU seals another wage agreement
The Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union
(STIEU) signed another wage agreement on
behalf of aggrieved workers, this time with
timber company, Fu Yee Corporation.
On 11 March, the union entered into an
agreement with the company which was
witnessed by labour department of cials.
STIEU said that Fu Yee’s workers, many of
whom are Indonesians, received wages which
were slashed by half by the company during
the start of the pandemic.
“It has been a long battle lled with many ups and downs. We are extremely relieved that the
case was resolved fairly. Together with the company’s ful llment of its promise to reinstate the
workers, we have reached the conclusion of this campaign. The workers have been through so
much, to see them receive what is rightfully theirs is satisfying for us,” STIEU General Secretary
Engrit Liaw said.
Aside from wage cuts, it was reported that the workers faced deportation as their work permits
were prematurely terminated by the company.
To support STIEU’s campaign, BWI sent a letter to Fu Yee calling for the workers’ reinstatement
and release of the remaining 50 percent of their salaries, which it said were illegally deducted
from them.

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