Airlines accused of withholding EPF money

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PETALING JAYA: Several airlines have failed to submit compulsory contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) has alleged.

In a press statement yesterday, it said even the money these airlines had deducted from their employees’ salaries had not been remitted to the EPF.

It called for stern action by the Labour Department and the EPF.

Nufam said the airlines’ misconduct was uncovered when workers who had been terminated from employment checked their EPF accounts.

“More than 500 employees are affected, but the authorities have still not taken any action even after complaints were filed,” it said.

“Where is the money that has been cut from the workers’ salaries?”

It said the total amount owed was estimated at more than RM1 million.

Nufam said the affected employees included those of Rayani Air and Eaglexpress Charter, which have ceased operations.

“Nufam wants an assurance from the authorities that legal action will be taken immediately against them,” it added.