Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MTUC: Law doesn’t prevent foreign workers becoming union members

Foreign workers can become union members but they cannot hold leadership posts, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) clarified today.
MTUC president Abdul Halim Mansor said this when brushing aside a call by former Treasury secretary-general Mohd Sheriff Kassim for foreign workers to be allowed to join trade unions.

MTUC Penang Division cannot digest the Federation Of Malaysian Manufacters Penang chairman's statement that some factories lost millions because workers skipped a day of work.

MTUC Penang Division cannot digest the Federation Of Malaysian Manufacters Penang chairman's statement that some factories lost millions because workers skipped a day of work.

It is greatly disturbing that the FMM has elected to state that workers skipped a day of work when the reality is that the workers were constrained from reporting to work as a result of the unprecedented effect of nature.

To quantify losses to direct inability of workers to report to work on account of circumstances beyond their control is devoid of compassion and corporate social responsibility.

The stand taken by FMM is but a reflection of the employers only concern i.e. the bottom line! It is down right disgusting that the FMM  has decided to issue such a statement even when  people are coming to terms with the tragedy that has struck them!

There have been deaths and workers homes destroyed but FMM'S only concern is but losses to the manufactures. MTUC Penang Division wishes to remind the FMM that it is the same workers who have loyally toiled for their members at all times. But it is no gain saying that employers, as they are, easily forget the contributions of the working class in their quest for profits!

MTUC Penang Division reminds employers that the entire nation is shocked by the extent of this calamity and everyone is consolidating their efforts to address the situation. We, therefore, believe that organisations like FMM ought to refrain from making unwarranted statements that are devoid of compassion.

In conclusion MTUC Penang Division calls upon all employers to grant paid leave of absence to employees who are affected by the massive floods least they be called inconsiderate or, worst, inhumane!

Press release by:

MTUC Penang Division

Sunday, October 29, 2017

MTUC tells private firms not to resist 90 days maternity leave / MTUC gesa swasta laksana syor cuti bersalin 90 hari

 The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has told employers not to be defiant against Putrajaya’s proposal for women workers in the private sector to be granted 90 days maternity leave.
MTUC secretary-general J Solomon said companies should not be selective and “think primitively” on the issue of workers’ welfare.
“Workers also contribute to our GDP (gross domestic product),” he said.
“MTUC sees no reason for bosses to resist giving 90 days leave for mothers,” he told FMT
He said certain firms were already giving maternity leave of between six months and a year, with some offering full salary payment, and others giving partial payment and non-payment options.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Form tripartite taskforce to monitor worker safety, MTUC tells Penang

MTUC Penang Div. Press Release

Two (2) tragedies within a short span of time claiming multiple lives of workers is shocking news! MTUC Penang Division is of the view that both the said incidents i.e. the Tanjung Bungah construction site loss of lives and the road accident deaths along the North South highway this morning must be investigated in a holistic and comprehensive manner. No corners should be left unturned nor no issues swept under the carpet.

The lives lost cannot be brought back but those responsible for their untimely and tragic deaths must be held accountable. On this score we welcome the Penang State government's decision to set-up a Commission of Inquiry. We, however, call upon the state to appoint non-partisan, competent and aptly qualified people as members of the said commission.