Polytechnic intern’s mother complains he works long hours, but boss accused him of spending time on Facebook
Posted by temasektimes on June 20, 2012
A mother of a polytechnic student who is currently working as an intern at a web design company complained to a local Chinese tabloid that her precious son was ‘forced’ to work long hours daily to the extent of skipping his dinner.
“When he wants to go home on time, his boss will ask him to stay for another hour. This often turns into another one to two hours,” she said.
After she asked her son to lodge a complaint letter to his school Nanyang Polytechnic, the authorities replied “that the design company is currently working on a project which would be completed soon and that there should not be any overtime after that.”
However, according to Mr Chua, the student’s supervisor at the company, the intern only stayed late on two occasions since starting work on 28 May and that was only because he could not finish his work on time.
Speaking to queries from the media, Mr Chua said that the student likes to spend time on Facebook, watch videos and download games to play at work. He had requested to go home early three times and the requests were given the green light.
“When he stayed late the second time, I asked him whether he wanted to go for dinner at 8pm, but he said no,” Mr Chua said.