SAIPAN GARMENT FACTORY DRAWS NEW LABOR CHARGES

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Feb. 11) - Seven more alien workers have filed labor complaints against NET Corp., a garment factory in San Antonio.

The seven Chinese workers filed their complaints with the Department of Labor and Immigration, alleging they were not paid their wages.

The workers said NET failed to pay their wages since last Dec. 6, which is equivalent to three paychecks.

"We made several requests for our unpaid wages but all our efforts failed with no hope," the workers said.

Last week, 13 Chinese workers also filed labor complaints against NET for the same unpaid wages claim and other allegations.

NET attorney Robert O’Connor earlier said that if his client had failed to pay the workers, he was sure management was willing to sit down with them and get them paid.

The new complainants alleged that their employer never showed their employment contracts to them.

They said NET breached labor laws by not providing them a 40-hour work week and not paying them for their voluntary work. Two of the complainants stated that their employer instructed them to pay Chinese money equivalent to $3,400 to the Foreign Affairs Office in China.

O’Connor denied that NET did not show or provide the workers with their contracts since, he said, they signed the documents, which were also notarized.

February 11, 2003

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