Friday, April 26, 2013

MTUC Janji Beri Sokongan PRU13 Jika Tuntutan Pekerja Ditunaikan

Workers' Day celebrations

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Penang Division has lined up a few programmes in conjunction with national Workers' Day next Wednesday.

Chairman V. Ravindran said the celebration will begin with Workers Memorial Day at the Workers Memorial Monument near the Penang Bridge toll plaza in Prai on Sunday. He said about 1,000 workers, management staff and government officials will be taking part.
In the afternoon, he said, a forum would be held at the MTUC building in Taman Inderawasih, Prai, where speakers from MTUC, government agencies and NGOs will present papers.
Ravindran, who is also the Penang Island Municipal Council union president, said the Workers' Day dinner would be held at the Taman Chai Leng Multipurpose Hall.
He said more than 1,000 union members, orphanage children, old folk homes inmates, residents and government officials would be feted. He said orphanages would be given cash and daily household products, including cream crackers, instant noodles, Milo and milk powder.
Ravindran said they would be hosting the Francis Xavier-MTUC Challenge Trophy Futsal competition at the Safira Club Futsal courts on June 23. Cash prizes worth a total of RM1,200 are up for grabs.
Only 32 teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The entry fee is RM100 per team.
For details call V. Vijay at 019-475 6897 or Mohamad Fauzi Ibrahim at 019-475 3450.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

GE 13

Mesuarat Majlis Am MTUC hari ini memutuskan untuk menggempur Segamat bagi memastikan isu pekerja didedahkan disana. Urusan mendapatkan sokongan & menghantar team akan diuruskan SUA MTUC dan akan dimaklumkan dalam masa terdekat. 

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Who is the "Mafia" we referred to? Why do we call him a "Mafia"?

The term "Mafia" refers to a secret criminal organization operating mainly in Sicily, Italy since the early 19th century and is known for its intimidation and punishment against the law.

"Modern day Mafias” are those who reflect similar criminal activities by those in power. The person who conspires with employers to exploit workers including members of NUBE is a “Mafia”.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Honda worker killed in Mexico

On 27 March, IndustriALL Global wrote to management at Honda Mexico's El Salto plant in Jalisco, including the head of its health and safety department, to condemn the death of Armando Arana Torres, a victim of unsafe working conditions.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Malaysia decides on May 5.

EC chairman Abdul Aziz and his deputy Wan Ahmad Wan Omar (left) attend a meeting to set the nomination and polling dates for Election 2013, in Putrajaya April 10, 2013.—Picture by Choo Choy MayPUTRAJAYA, April 10 ― Malaysians will go to polls on May 5, the Election Commission (EC) announced today, starting the official countdown to when voters decide whether to keep the Barisan Nasional (BN) in government or usher in a new administration under Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
The election regulator, which met this morning, also set April 20 as the nomination date, which will signal the start of formal electoral campaigns.
Yesterday, commission chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof hinted it may depart from tradition and fix polling for Election 2013 to take place on a weekday, but today stuck to the norm by choosing a Sunday.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the dissolution of Parliament on April 3, four years to the date from when he took office in 2009, replacing Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as prime minister mid-term after the Penang lawmaker led Barisan Nasional (BN) to its worst performance since 1963.
The 13-party coalition lost its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament as well as five states in Election 2008.
Some 13.3 million Malaysians are eligible to vote in the 13th general election, touted to be a tight race between a formidable three-party Pakatan Rakyat and the BN, which has held federal power for an uninterrupted 56 years.
A total of 222 parliamentary and 505 state seats will be contested. Sarawak will sit out this round of elections as the Borneo state went to the polls in 2011.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Give time off to vote, says MTUC

KUALA LUMPUR: All employers should give their workers at least half a day off with pay, to enable them to exercise their democratic right as voters should polling day fall on a working day.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Joint Statement- 4/4/2013 (Kenyataan dalam Bahasa Malaysia di bawah)


Indonesian trade unionists jailed fighting precarious work

IndustriALL Global Union’s Indonesian affiliate the FPE-SBSI is campaigning for the rights of outsourced contract workers at state-owned mine and energy companies PLN and Pertamina. In retaliation to the campaign workers have been sacked and even jailed.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Migrant Workers, The Long Way Home

Migrant Workers, The Long Way Home (Part 1)

Migrant Domestic Workers, The Long Way Home (Part 2)

This film describes the experience of Indonesian domestic workers working in Singapore and Malaysia.

"Confidential, concrete and in consensus"

"Confidential, concrete and in consensus"
The right of workers and employers to create and join organisations of their own choice freely and without fear of reprisal or interference - to freely associate with whomever they choose - is a fundamental right that the ILO's Declaration of Philadelphia calls "essential for sustained progress of societies worldwide". For over 60 years, the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association (CFA) has examined more than 3,000 complaints about violations of this right. Paul van der Heijden, Chair of the CFA since 2002, discusses the work of the Committee and the special role it plays in the ILO's supervisory procedures.

EPF outsources RM57.67bil to external fund managers / KWSP menyumber luar RM57 67b kepada pengurus dana.

EPF outsources RM57.67bil to external fund managers

KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has outsourced a total of RM57.76bil or 11% of its total investment assets as part of its diversification strategy.
“The fund management has grown from a mere handful of local managers to an impressive list of international players,” EPF chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said during last night’s top-12 performing managers awards ceremony.
Among the winners were Nomura Asset Management Malaysia Sdn Bhdand Franklin Templeton Asset Management (M) Sdn Bhd for Best 3-Year ROI International Equity Portfolio Manager Year 2012 for MSCI Ethical Asia Ex-Japan Ex-Malaysia.
Aberdeen Asset Management Sdn Bhd won awards for Best International Equity Portfolio Manager Year 2012 for FTSE Ethical World Developed.
Quantitative measures were based on a three-year return on investment or ROI portfolio starting from RM100mil, while qualitative yardsticks were customer service, compliance as well as training and research.

 KWSP menyumber luar RM57 67b kepada pengurus dana.

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 April — Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) setakat ini telah menyumber luar dana sejumlah RM57.67 bilion kepada pengurus dana luar sebagai sebahagian daripada strategi pempelbagaiannya dan untuk mengembangkan industri pengurusan dana di negara ini.
Pengerusi Tan Sri Samsudin Osman berkata KWSP telah mengembangkan mandatnya kepada pengurus portfolio luaran untuk merangkumi ekuiti dan bon antarabangsa dalam segmen konvensional dan Islam, mewakili 11 peratus daripada jumlah aset pelaburan organisasi itu, daripada hanya ekuiti domestik dan pendapatan tetap.
“Industri pengurusan dana telah berkembang dari segi saiz dan kemampuan, daripada hanya beberapa pengurus tempatan kepada satu senarai yang termasuk peserta asing.
“Dengan pertumbuhan pengurus aset Islam, kami positif bahawa aspirasi negara untuk menjadi pusat kewangan Islam antarabangsa akan tercapai,” katanya pada Majlis Makan Malam Anugerah Tahunan Pengurus Portfolio KWSP 2013 di sini hari ini.
Samsudin berkata untuk memastikan pengurus dana memberikan pulangan yang memuaskan kepada simpanan persaraan ahli, KWSP akan terus memantau prestasi mereka dan akan menghentikan pengurus yang tidak mencapai prestasi.
Sementara itu, Aberdeen Asset Management Sdn Bhd memenangi anugerah “Pengurus Portfolio Ekuiti Tempatan Terbaik 2012” dan “Pengurus Portfolio Ekuiti Antarabangsa Terbaik 2012” untuk FTSE Ethical World Developed. — Bernama

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Probe factory fire, says MTUC

BALAKRISHNAN: 'Department should find out if there is possibility of radiation exposure'
THE Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) has asked the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to investigate the fire at the chemical factory here that killed two workers last week.
It said the department should find out if there was a possibility of radiation exposure.
Penang MTUC safety and health committee chairman N. Balakrishnan said DOSH should make its findings public to prevent similar incidents from taking place.
“It is sad to note that two workers died. It is a loss to the family, the management and the nation, and something concrete has to be done to prevent future loss of lives,” he told a press conference at his office in Prai yesterday.
One worker died on the spot and another in hospital two days after the fire, during which an explosion took place, at the factory at the Prai Industrial Estate on March 25.
Balakrishnan said the investigation would show whether there was negligence on the side of the management and if it had provided a safe and healthy environment to the employees.
He said MTUC was also concerned about the status of three other workers who suffered severe burns, one of whom was in a critical condition at Seberang Jaya Hospital.
“We are of the opinion such incidents can be prevented if managements adhered to the safety system provided for under Section 15 (2) of the Occupational, Safety and Health Act, 1994," he said.
Balakrishnan said DOSH should investigate the types of chemicals stored in the factory and the cause of the fire and explosion.
"Our initial investigations revealed radiation caused burns on the body of a worker who was on an upper floor," he said.
"We want to know whether there was proper supervision, and instructions and training provided to the workers to face such an eventuality.”

Parliament is dissolved, finally


Parliament is dissolved, finally

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 — The Dewan Rakyat has been dissolved, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced during a live television broadcast today, paving the way for the 13th general election.
The Malaysian Insider understands that a general election may be held as soon as April 20 or a week later on April 27, depending on the Election Commission’s (EC) arrangements.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Back to life after the great East Japan earthquake

KAMAISHI CITY, Japan (ILO News) – Ms Maekawa, who is over 60 years old, is busily cooking a dish to serve her customers in a bistro in Kamaishi City, a small coastal town in Iwate Prefecture famous for its steel production, fishing industry and eco-tourism. When not cooking she comes out to greet her customers, who have also become her friends. 

Union plans to turn the screws on banks ahead of Election 2013 / Kesatuan Sekerja Bank bercadang anjur bantahan menjelang Pilihan Raya 2013

Kesatuan Sekerja Bank bercadang anjur bantahan menjelang Pilihan Raya 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 April — 

The National Union of Bank Employees NUBE will stage a picket on Saturday against three government-linked corporation GLC banks over alleged exploitative and discriminatory practices as Election 2013 approaches.

Kesatuan Kebangsaan Pekerja-pekerja Bank (NUBE) akan mengadakan bantahan pada Sabtu depan menentang tiga bank yang merupakan syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC) yang didakwa mengamalkan eksploitasi dan diskriminasi, menjelang Pilihan Raya 2013.

Monday, April 1, 2013



Gopal Krishnam SU Agung baru MTUC

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Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC)
SHAH ALAM - Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC) hari ini memilih N Gopal Krishnam sebagai setiausaha agungnya yang baru bagi menggantikan Abdul Halim Mansor yang digugurkan awal bulan ini.

Dalam pemilihan hari ini, Gopal menerima 46 undi berbanding Halim, yang dicalonkan semula memperoleh 29 undi.

Majlis am MTUC dalam mesyuaratnya pada 3 Mac lalu memutuskan untuk menggugurkan Halim sebagai setiausaha agung badan induk kesatuan sekerja itu berkuat kuasa tarikh tersebut.

Keputusan itu diambil selaras dengan peruntukan Seksyen 10.5 Perlembagaan MTUC di mana setiausaha agung boleh ditamatkan perkhidmatan meskipun dipilih pada persidangan perwakilan tiga tahun sekali atas alasan gagal menunaikan tugas dan tanggungjawab dengan memuaskan.

Ini kali pertama seorang setiausaha agung ditamatkan tempoh perkhidmatan di bawah peruntukan tersebut.

Halim dipilih sebagai setiausaha agung buat penggal pertama akhir 2010.

Sinar Harian Online difahamkan majlis am yang bermesyuarat lebih lima jam hari ini membincangkan sama ada keputusan 3 Mac sah atau sebaliknya.

Keputusan itu diterima sebagai sah dengan 45 undi menyokong dan 31 menolak.

Selepas pengesahan itu, pemilihan diadakan untuk menentukan setiausaha agung yang baru.

"Dua orang dicalonkan untuk bertanding iaitu Gopal dan Halim. Gopal mengatasi Halim dengan memperoleh 46 undi," kata seorang pegawi kanan kepada Sinar Harian Online.

Presiden MTUC, Khalid Atan dan Halim dihubungi untuk mendapatkan reaksi tetapi gagal.

Gopal mengesahkan beliau telah dipilih bagi menggantikan Halim.

"Ya, saya dipilih. Saya akan keluarkan kenyataan kemudian, sebab saya akan terima jawatan itu secara rasmi esok," kata beliau yang juga Pengerusi MTUC Selangor dan Setiausaha Agung Kesatuan Kebangsaan Pekerja-pekerja Perusahaan Alat-alat Pengangkutan dan Sekutu.