Miss Wish has a clothes shop and a beauty parlour in International Plaza, Anson Road
Part 1 detailed how we managed to recover $10,000 in owed salary for a worker Wei Chunyan through a Writ of Seizure and Sale (WSS), though we didn’t really have to execute it fully. This was actually the second time (in TWC2’s recent memory) we attempted this process.
The first use of this process, in late 2019, was for another Chinese migrant worker, Bi Min, who worked for a fashion and beauty salon MissWish Pte Ltd. This one succeeded so well — in that Bi Min got her owed salary in no time — that we’re not even sure it succeeded at all! Things happened so fast, our heads were almost spinning.
Bi Min had been working for about half a year with this employer when, dissatisfied about salary arrears, she filed a claim with the Ministry of Manpower. The process eventually led to her being awarded an Order of Tribunal dated 8 October 2019 which said that MissWish Pte Ltd had to pay her $4,052 by 31 October 2019.
Our records indicate that somewhere along the way, she received $2,000. But that still left a further $2,052 unpaid, and as October turned into November, TWC2 had to explore options for getting the employer to pay up the balance.
Invictus Law volunteered to help and together we decided to try the WSS route. We would apply for a writ and, when issued, we’d seek the help of a court bailiff to enforce it. The assets of the employer would be tagged and seized and put up for auction to raise the money to pay Bi Min. It would be highly disruptive to MissWish’s business, no doubt, but employees deserve their salary.
On 14 November 2019, Invictus Law filed an application for WSS and the writ was formally issued on 25 November 2019 for the amount of $2,652. The balance had grown by $600 with the addition of post-judgment costs and disbursements.
The next day, 26 November, Bi Min called TWC2 excitedly informing us that the employer had paid her the owed amount.
We would later learn from the lawyers that they hadn’t even formally served the writ on the employer. However, it is possible that the bailiff spoke with them; we don’t know as we’re not privy to whatever communication may have transpired.
Bi Min thinks that TWC2 has worked wonders through WSS to get her her salary, but we ourselves aren’t sure whether it was pure coincidence. Perhaps the employer was anyway planning to pay her the balance and it so happened that the final payment was made on the same day as the writ was issued. That’s why we say at the top of this story that we don’t really know whether this was an example of WSS effectiveness or not, unlike the other example, described in Part 1, which was more clearly a success.
But we’re happy for Bi Min that she got what was rightfully hers. We understand that she has since found a new job.