An eyewitness account of an ETC inspection at Leisure Clothing in 2009
The following account was not anonymous, but for the purposes of publication, it will have to be.
Back in 2009, an Employment & Training Corporation (ETC) inspection was conducted at Leisure Clothing.
On our arrival there a very disturbing reaction was triggered. Lots of hassles and movements were noted.
Computer records were requested immediately, before they were tampered with, and the manager, Bin Han, was called in quickly.
The atmosphere got quite heavy as the factory’s management tried to convince the inspection team that everything was in order. It looked more and more suspicious.
Not many employees were seen but there was a bad feeling that something was amiss and was not being understood. The Chinese employees present had a very strange look in their eyes, as if they were trying to say something.
Meantime, at the rear end of the factory, two Chinese were apprehended as they were trying to escape in a van. They were found to be without a work permit and were handed over immediately to the police, who formed part of the inspection team.
During the inspection, a woman who had claimed to be a GWU shop steward continuously screamed at the inspection team, using foul language at the inspectors and the accompanying police officers.
This woman did her best to hinder the inspection, shouting that the inspection team should go after the real abusers, and leave hardworking and honest people like them in peace.
Following Bin Han’s phone calls, the inspection was eventually called off by E.T.C. Head Office. Seeing all this now, it comes to mind that John Dalli was then the minister responsible for the E.T.C.