Friday, January 25, 2013

PERKESO hantar baucar peruntuk RM200j

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Peruntuk RM200j untuk skim saringan kesihatan percuma

 Kuala Lumpur: Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (PERKESO) selesai menghantar baucar saringan kesihatan percuma kepada 1.9 juta pencarum yang layak.
Timbalan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (Operasi) agensi itu, Datuk Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed, berkata PERKESO memperuntukkan RM200 juta di bawah skim berkenaan yang baru saja dimulakan dan akan dilaksanakan sepenuhnya mulai 1 Februari ini.

Ujian saringan kesihatan percuma bagi pekerja sektor swasta diumumkan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak ketika membentangkan Bajet 2013 di Dewan Rakyat pada 28 September lalu.

Di bawah skim itu, pencarum berumur 40 tahun ke atas layak menjalani ujian saringan kesihatan percuma bagi mengesan penyakit tidak berjangkit seperti darah tinggi, diabetes, kanser dan masalah jantung.

Azman berkata, ujian saringan itu meliputi pemeriksaan fizikal, profail darah, ujian air kencing dan bagi wanita, ujian ‘pap smear’ serta mamogram yang akan dilakukan doktor panel.

Beliau menasihatkan mereka yang belum menerima baucar percuma itu menghubungi hotline PERKESO di talian 03-42521258, 03-42524475/76 dan 03-42525089 atau pejabat PERKESO terdekat untuk maklumat.
Pelaksanaan skim dialukan

Sementara itu, Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC) mengalu-alukan langkah PERKESO melaksanakan skim itu dalam tempoh empat bulan selepas diumumkan dan berharap agensi berkenaan terus memantau pekerja yang selesai menjalani saringan bagi memastikan mereka sihat sehingga mencapai umur persaraan. - BERNAMA

29 charged in court for fraudulent EPF withdrawals Read more: 29 charged in court for fraudulent EPF withdrawals -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) charged 29 contributors in court for fraudulent withdrawals last year.


EPF general manager for public relations Nik Affendi Jaafar said, during the same period, 24 members were also found guilty by the courts for fraudulent withdrawals under housing and incapacitation, while 19 cases are currently pending court action. 
"It is our priority at the EPF to ensure that our members' savings, which are intended for retirement purposes, continue to be safeguarded," he said, warning members and other individuals involving in fraudulent EPF withdrawals.
He said, in the fourth quarter of last year, five members have been charged under Section 59, of the EPF Act 1991, for making unlawful EPF housing withdrawals, and were fined a total of RM16,000 by the court. 
Under the act, those found guilty of fraudulent withdrawal are liable to a maximum jail sentence of three years or a RM10,000 fine, or both. 
Fraudulent withdrawals, according to Nik Affendi involves submission of false documents by a member to facilitate the approval of withdrawals from his or her own account. 
He noted that the EPF had a comprehensive system that allows the agency to detect any fraudulent withdrawals or unscrupulous fraudulent attempt even after the savings have been successfully withdrawn. -- BERNAMA

The President of the Korean Government Employees' Union (KGEU), Kim Jungnam, launched a hunger strike in the streets of Seoul outside the offices of the Presidential transition committee on 15 January.

He is protesting the sacking of 137 workers, among them the union president and general secretary, who are being punished for their union activities. They are accused of being leaders of an "illegal organization" -- the KGEU.

President-elect Park Guenhye, daughter of the dictator Park Chung-hee, will take office on 25 February.  She has pledged to achieve social integration. The KGEU is demanding that she recognize the union and reinstate the sacked employees.

Kim will continue his hunger strike until these issues are resolved.

We call upon trade unionists around the world to show their solidarity by sending off messages of protest and solidarity today.

Click here to send off your message.

Please spread the word - share this message with your friends, family, co-workers and fellow union members. Thank you!

Korean unions are not the only ones suffering from attempts to delegitimize them - so are unions in Russia.  Yesterday, IndustriALL global union launched an international campaign in support of two union locals at Bashneft, an oil company, who are under attack from the management. The administration is trying to undermine the Russian Chemical Workers Union and replace it with a company-controlled Labour Council.  It will take you just a moment to add your support to the online campaign.

Finally, for those of you who live in Europe, I encourage you to support the call by public sector unions on the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all.  They've gotten over 500,000 signatures -- one of the largest online initiatives we've ever seen by the trade union movement.

That's great, and they need more support, but let's also do what we can to ensure that the campaign in support of Kim Jungnam and the Korean public sector union is also successful.  Spread the word!

Eric Lee

IndustriALL condemns conviction of Somyot in Thailand | Industriall

IndustriALL condemns conviction of Somyot in Thailand | Industriall
IndustriALL Global Union condemns the conviction of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk over ‘lese majeste’ offences under article 112 of the Criminal Code, with the 11 year jail sentence by a Thai Criminal Court on 23 January 2013.

In a scathing attack on human rights and freedom of speech, a Thai criminal court found Somyot Prueksakasemsuk a trade unionists, social activist and a journalist in Thailand, guilty of ‘lese majeste’ offences for publishing two articles critical of the monarchy, in his Voice of Takshin, the magazine he edited. He was sentenced to an 11 year jail term including five-year jail terms for each article and cancellation of suspension of 1 year jail sentence issued 3 years before.
Somyot was arrested in April 2011 and has undergone prolonged pre-trial detention as his bail plea was denied by the courts 12 times. He was presented in court on several occasions wearing shackles as if he were a dreaded criminal. Trade unionists, human rights and civil society activists across the world including European Union, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Amnesty International condemned the conviction and severe punishment of Somyot.
It is important to note that he was arrested 1 year after the publication of those 2 articles. More significantly after 5 days of launching a petition seeking review of Article 112, he was arrested under the same law. Article 112 of the Criminal Code, states that, “whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of 3 to 15 years.”
Human rights defenders in Thailand believe that the government has been using the ‘lese majeste’ law under article 112 to silence its critics and called for immediate suspension and revision of ‘lese majeste law’.
"IndustriALL joins the EU and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Amnesty International in protesting for Somyot’s release, based upon the United Nations Human Rights Charter on Freedom of Expression," said Jyrki Raina, General Secretary of IndustriALL.


 Burden of Proof:
Unlike all other dismissals, where an employee claims that they have been constructively dismissed the onus/burden of proof is placed upon them to prove that their resignation was justified. In effect, they are required to prove that they have exhausted all other avenues of resolution before they have resigned from their position. This would generally require them to bring their grievance to the attention of their employer, follow all the employer’s grievance procedures and industrial relations procedures, as outlined in their contract or the employee handbook. Only where these procedures have not achieved an appropriate outcome or where the employer has refused to comply with or engage in these procedures, then should an employee consider resigning from their position. A failure to invoke these procedures may leave the Court or Tribunal open to rejecting a claim of constructive dismissal.

[South Korea] SHARPS To Have Dialogue With Samsung

  After six years of campaigns and petitions over 56 occupational-disease deaths at the world’s largest chipmaker, SHARPS has agreed to enter dialogue with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. over the question of compensation for the victims of the company’s blood-disorder clusters and their families.
   “Samsung’s dialogue proposal is the result of six years of our ceaseless efforts,” said SHARPS at a press conference January 22.
“Samsung has treated my daughter’s leukemia as though it was a random disease,” said Hwang Sang-ki, who lost her daughter Yumi to occupationally caused leukemia at Samsung.  “They also treated me like a heinous fraudster,” said the 58-year-old taxi driver whose lone outcry for her daughter’s untimely death six years ago led to the formation of SHARPS.
   “Because the public has been scorning Samsung, thanks to our long campaign, the company agreed to dialogue,” Hwang concluded.
   This is not the first time Samsung sought out direct dialogue with SHARPS.  And to date, all proposals have come up with ploys.  In September 2012, through its lawyers, Samsung proposed to seek arbitration on an appeal lawsuit brought by SHARPS, on behalf of a leukemia victim’s family, against the Korea Labor Welfare Corporation, the South Korean government’s workers compensation entity.  SHARPS rejected the proposal because Samsung, a third party to the lawsuit, called for dropping the lawsuit.  In October 2012, Samsung leaked a false story to the media, claiming that it has begun dialogue with SHARPS.
   It was November of last year when Samsung sent SHARPS a written request for dialogue through a lawyer representing the company in the appeal lawsuit.  In December, SHARPS accepted the proposal.  In January 2013, Samsung complied with SHARPS’s request and confirmed SHARPS’s acceptance in writing.
   In a letter dated January 11, Choi Wu-su, president of Samsung’s device solution unit, said the company tapped an in-house lawyer and a human resources executive for dialogue with SHARPS.
   However, the company appears to be continuing its maneuvering by leaking unsubstantiated leads to the media.   On January 22, the independentHankyoreh described a new remarkable proposal under consideration at Samsung for the occupational disease victims, citing an anonymous Samsung executive.  “If necessary, we can raise a special fund for the people who developed leukemia not just at Samsung but also anywhere at home and abroad,” the newspaper quoted the unnamed source as saying.
   Over the past six years,  SHARPS has profiled 155 workers who contracted various forms of leukemia, multiple sclerosis, and aplastic anemia after employment in the South Korean electronics industry.  As of June 2012, 63 of the 155 have died.  The majority of the workers, 138, were employed at Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, and Samsung SDS—the three electronics affiliates of the Samsung Group, the country’s largest conglomerate.  Of the 63 deaths, 56 were Samsung employees.

Aktivis politik hina raja Thai dipenjara 10 tahun - Global - Sinar Harian

Aktivis politik hina raja Thai dipenjara 10 tahun - Global - Sinar Harian
 BANGKOK – Sebuah mahkamah Thailand mengenakan hukuman penjara 10 tahun ke atas aktivis politik selepas didapati menghina raja negara itu, Bhumibol Adulyadej – satu keputusan dianggap kumpulan hak asasi manusia sebagai tekanan terbaru terhadap kebebasan bersuara.

Mahkamah jenayah memutuskan Somyot Pruksakasemsuk telah melanggar undang-undang apabila sebuah majalah Voice of Thaksin, yang dia menyunting, telah menerbitkan dua artikel menyindir Raja Bhumibol.

Somyot, yang tiba di mahkamah berkaki ayam berhasrat untuk membuat rayuan terhadap, kata peguamnya, Karom Polpornklang.

"Keputusan yang serius menjejaskan hak untuk kebebasan bersuara dan kebebasan akhbar.

“Pada masa yang sama, ia boleh menjejaskan imej Thailand sebagai masyarakat yang bebas dan demokratik,” kata  Kesatuan Eropah dalam satu kenyataan," katanya lagi.

Sebelum penahanannya bermula pada April 2011, Somyot telah berkempen untuk meminda undang-undang negara Thai.

Beliau mengemukakan satu petisyen kepada Mahkamah Perlembagaan Thailand ketika dia berada di penjara, berhujah undang-undang yang bertentangan dengan hak asasi manusia dan ia membenarkan hukuman tidak seimbang.

MCA ‘spokesman’ for the wealthy: MTUC | theSundaily

MCA ‘spokesman’ for the wealthy: MTUC | theSundaily

PETALING JAYA (Jan 24, 2013): The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has hit out at MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek for supporting employers who are resisting the implementation of a minimum wage as currently planned.
MTUC secretary-general Abdul Halim Mansor described MCA as acting as a "spokesman" for the wealthy and advocating the demands of industry bosses.
"Chua doesn't care for the needs of workers who slog for as low as RM500 a month," he said in a statement today.
He said the policy and quantum for a minimum wage was intensely debated for over three years before a decision was made in March last year, and gazetted in July. "Chua has just woken up from a long slumber to issue an ultimatum the government u-turn on the minimum wage policy," he said.
Under the policy, minimum wage is set at RM900 in the peninsula and RM800 in Sabah and Sarawak.
Chua on Tuesday said MCA had received many complaints from employers, but has urged them to be patient as he has submitted a proposal to the Human Resources Ministry that foreign workers should pay their own levy and bear the cost of their own transport and accommodation.
"If there is no decision after Chinese New Year, we (MCA) can no longer hold them back ... We will tell them, do what needs to be done," said Chua.
A total of 4,500 companies had reportedly applied for implementation of minimum wage to be delayed, and to date, 600 of them have been allowed postponement.
Migrant rights group Tenaganita's executive director Irene Fernandez said Malaysia has the highest income disparity in Southeast Asia, with only 20% of Malaysians earning 51% of the total national income, as opposed to a larger 40% who earned only 14% of the nation's revenue.

Chua hanya pentingkan golongan atasan, kata MTUC

 KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Jan—Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC) dalam satu kenyataan mengecam Presiden MCA Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek kerana mempertikaikan pindaan gaji minimum yang telah diumumkan oleh kerajaan sebelum ini.
Setiausaha Agung MTUC Abdul Halim Mansor mendakwa sikap Chua tersebut menunjukkan dengan jelas pemimpin MCA tersebut terpaksa mengikut cakap bos mereka yang terdiri daripada orang atasan.
“MCA sebagai wakil kepada yang kaya mempunyai pilihan terhad dan terpaksa lantang untuk memenuhi permintaan bos dalam indsutri.
“Sudah difahami Chua tidak ambil kisah terhadap keperluan pekerja yang bersusah-payah setiap hari dengan gaji serendah RM500 sebulan,” kata Abdul Halim.
Abdul Halim menyifatkan tindakan Chua yang memberikan kata putus kepada Menteri Sumber Manusia Datuk Seri Dr S Subramanian bukan mengejutkan dan menasihatkan presiden MCA tersebut untuk bertemu dengan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak bagi menyelesaikan perkara yang dibangkitkannya itu.
“MTUC menggesa Putrajaya tidak berpatah balik dengan keputusan mereka sebelum ini.
“Dr Chua wajar bertemu dengan Perdana Menteri memandangkan Rang Gaji Minimum telah diluluskan dalam mesyuarat Menteri Kabinet yang juga diwakili oleh MCA,” tambah beliau lagi.
Sebelum ini MCA memberi amaran kepada Subramaniam supaya menyelesaikan segera isu dasar gaji minimum sebelum perayaan Tahun Baru Cina pada 10 Februari ini bagi mengelak kekeliruan dan kerugian ke atas majikan.
Chua berkata, jika Subramaniam gagal mengemukakan penyelesaian terbaik terhadap isu berkaitan dasar itu sehingga tarikh tersebut, MCA akan memberi sokongan penuh kepada para majikan dan pengusaha yang menerima kesan akibat kelewatan berkenaan.
Menurutnya, sokongan itu turut diberi kepada majikan dan pengusaha terbabit sekiranya ingin mengadakan demonstrasi besar-besaran bagi membantah kelewatan tersebut.
Pelaksanaan gaji minimum, yang berkuat kuasa pada 1 Januari, menetapkan gaji perlu dibayar secara minimum kepada pekerja sebanyak RM900 sebulan bagi Semenanjung Malaysia dan RM800 di Sabah dan Sarawak.