21 Jul '11, 9am

Crane climber jailed 5 weeks for criminal trespass

Crane climber jailed 5 weeks for criminal trespass

Foreign worker, Yang Wei (right), 27, had climbed to the top of a 30m tall crane on the morning of July 4, 2011 and threatened to stay there till his demands over a pay dispute were met. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN A CHINESE national, who climbed up a 30m-tall crane and refused to come down until a pay dispute was settled, was jailed for five weeks on Thursday. District judge Low Wee Ping said imposing only a fine on Yang Wei would be a signal to other workers to threaten their employers with acts not in accordance with the law. The 27-year-old had pleaded guilty last week to trespassing onto the Nakano construction site at Changi South Avenue 2 at 8.30am on July 4. There, he had climbed to the top of a crane. He came down nearly two hours later after he was handed the $5,000 which he claimed was his overtime pay, medical expenses and repatriation costs that were owed to him by his...

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