1 Januari 2009
KUALA TERENGGANU: Some 119 support staff in several schools in the state became jobless when the Education Ministry privatised cleaning and security services in schools.
After meeting the affected workers yesterday, state Cuepacs chairman Azih Muda said: “We appeal to the Government to reabsorb them on a full-time basis, as many have school-going children and loans to service.”
“Most of them are breadwinners,” he said. “And, they will find it difficult to look for alternative jobs, especially during this period.”
The workers, mainly gardeners and security guards, had served the schools for more than two decades.
They had been verbally told two weeks ago that their contracts, which ended on Dec 31, would not be extended, and were given letters of termination over the past week.
Azih added that the affected workers had appealed to the ministry through the principals of their respective schools. So far there has been no response.