More fun…

Yesterday we were having a nice dinner with some friends when “I’s” niece came to the door with a letter for me.  The letter was from the workforce and transimigration department requesting that I appear at their office at 10:00 am the next day to talk about the termination of employment of “I”.  Oh great…

“I’s” family feels that we need to give four months wage as severance pay because we were wrong to dismiss her.  That amounts to nearly $350.  Right…  Our boss felt that we should not go but one of our national guys would go for us as they had no right to appeal to this department because they do not deal with day labourers which is what helpers fall under.  So he did and the department said that we did not do anything wrong.  Then “I” went on to tell them that each month I had withheld 200,000 rupiahs from her pay and that she’d never received that money.  A blatant lie.  It was that money that she’d used to purchase her handphone, tv, amplifier etc…  (it seems that during the meeting she was being coached by her husband and dad on what to say.) When I terminated her employment, I gave her the remaining savings that she had.  I still feel that her husband is pushing this because he no longer has a cash cow to depend on.  In fact he’s been working as a motorcycle taxi driver as of late…  Anyways, the department said they wanted meet me on April 9th to talk about the money that we’d kept back and apparently not given.  Our boss is strongly discouraging this and the national guy will hopefully be able to convince them that a meeting isn’t necessary.  I may try and have a meeting with “I” to discuss with her why this is happening.  This whole situation is rather baffling.  Now that they have gone to the department, no other West*rn family will want to hire her again.  That bridge has been burned.


About Erica Feunekes

Myself, my husband Hugo and our five kids live and work in Sentani, Papua, with Mission Aviation Fellowship.
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2 Responses to More fun…

  1. Bernice says:

    This sounds quite unpleasant! The money becomes almost a side issue… you seek to maintain your reputation and especially God’s honour in the community. I pray that He will support you in this and bring the matter to a positive conclusion!

  2. Aubrey says:

    Hi Erica and Hugo and fam
    Sounds like you are having ‘too’ much fun. Fun you could probably do without. It sounds like you are getting some good advice from your boss. We will remember you all in our prayers
    Aubrey, Jane and clan

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