Netizens called for boycott of Sakae Sushi after $3,000 dishwasher fiasco
Posted by temasektimes on September 14, 2012
During an interview with state-controlled radio station UFM 100.3 last Friday, Sakae Sushi CEO Mr Douglas Foo complained that he was unable to find any dishwashers despite a salary offer of $3,000 a month.
According to him, they are required to work 9 hours daily on a five and a half day work week.
However, when job-seekers called up Sakae Sushi to inquire about the job opening, they were told that they are required to work 12 hours daily, six days a week.
Mr Foo later said that his statement made at UFM 100.3 has been ‘taken out of context’.
In a latest update on its Facebook page, Sakae Sushi admitted that they are indeed hiring dishwashers, but they will only disclose the specific terms and conditions to ‘serious applicants’:
“In terms of disclosing the exact details of the role, we would like to disclose only to serious applicants whom we engage in the interview itself. This is to respect the privacy of our future colleagues as some may not welcome the unwanted attention and on this, we seek your kind understanding.”
Angry netizens who felt ‘conned’ by Sakae Sushi have now called for a boycott of the restaurant chain.
Some comments from Hardwarezone forumers:
“What the boss of this restaurant did is so shameful. He went to say there are no Singaporean takers for a $3000 a month dishwasher job wiping dirt off dishes before putting it into the dishwasher. This gave the impression that lowly skilled Singaporeans are fussy workers demanding too much pay…..It turned out this is a 72 hours 6 days a week job. Given 44 hours a week is the MOM legal work week, it means the worker is suppose to perform a whopping 28 hours of OT with one day of rest per week. This is $10 per hour wage lower than the lowest minimum wage in Australia, USA, etc. It is hardship money. Even if I have money I’ll never eat at this SAKAE SUSHI.” – burrito
“I ate it once in my life and stopped. Its a pathetic sad excuse for food. OMG, i rather eat tree bark than sakae.” – tremor
“I’m already boycotting that ****ty restaurant damn long time ago. That piece of **** shouldn’t be called Japanese restaurant at all.” – kingsfall