Hotel works suspended, workers sacked

Three workers of a Chinese construction company have been sacked by their management, due to the three employees' decision to work on a Sunday despite lacking a permit.

General Manager of Zheng Construction, Peizheng Wang, confirmed the employees were sacked and works at the hotel project in Moto’otua has been abandoned for over two weeks following the incident. 

Mr. Wang said the local authority has warned his company against carrying out unauthorised work on Sunday 19th April 2020 which was reported by the Samoa Observer.   

“I have terminated [the service of] two Chinese and one Samoan,” said Mr. Wang in an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

“They were the ones that were doing hammer work, I told them to clear the route for the truck to use the next day, but they did work and now we in trouble. 

“This is our first warning and last warning from PUMA, or else we will have our permit cancelled…”

The Planning and Urban Management Agency (P.U.M.A.) conducted an investigation into Zheng Construction in April, when it received reports that the company carried out unauthorised work on Sunday. 

The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Works, Transports and Infrastructure, Magele Hoe Viali confirmed the company did not have a development consent to work on Sunday. 

Zheng Construction was asked by the Ministry to file a report explaining why its staff did construction work on Sunday in the absence of permit to do so. 

Mr. Wang – who blamed his workers for working on Sunday without his knowledge – said the workers were living on the construction site when the incident occurred. 

Upset about the “disruption on the project”, the General Manager said he has decided to put suspend works for the project for now, saying he fears having his permit revoked. 

He added that he had also been called down to the Police station, in relation to his company staff working on Sunday, which was reported by this newspaper. 

The privately-owned three-storey hotel, just down the road from the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital in Moto’otua, is estimated to have 20 rooms. 

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