Monday, November 11, 2013

MALAYSIA:::EPF Urges Members To Name Beneficiary For Their Savings

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is strongly urging its members to nominate a beneficiary for their EPF savings to ensure their loved ones are financially protected in the event of their demise.

General Manager for Public Relations Nik Affendi Jaafar said a survey conducted by them showed that members were aware of the importance of nominating a beneficiary, but the take-up rate was not encouraging.

NEW YORK — High court to hear challenges of union organizers’ tactics

NEW YORK — Labor leaders and businesses are closely watching a Supreme Court case to be argued Wednesday that involves a popular strategy used by unions to organize hundreds of thousands of workers.
That strategy — widely deployed by the Service Employees International Union and the Unite Here hotel workers union — involves pressuring an employer into signing a so-called neutrality agreement in which the employer promises not to oppose a unionization drive.

MALAYSIA:::SBM minta kerajaan pertimbang naikkan elaun pekerja cacat

KUALA LUMPUR: Pertubuhan Orang Cacat Penglihatan Malaysia (SBM) hari ini meminta kerajaan menimbang cadangannya supaya Elaun Pekerja Cacat (EPC) dinaikkan daripada RM300 kepada RM500 sebulan. 

Presidennya, Mohammed Nazari Othman berkata elaun sedia ada sudah tidak sesuai berikutan kos sara hidup semakin meningkat. 

INDONESIA::: The power of the working class - national strike in Indonesia

The Indonesian working class is fighting to end the age of cheap labor. A little over a year after the national strike on 3 October 2012, Indonesian workers launched another national strike. The demand: a fifty per cent increase of the minimum wage.
In Jakarta, workers demand that the minimum wage, which varies from region to region, be set at Rp 3.7 million ($334) monthly. Jakarta is known to have an exceptionally high cost of living by Indonesian standards. An inflation rate that is predicted to hit ten per cent end this year is also pressuring real wages. Apart from wage increase, the movement demands universal health care by 1,January 2014 and the elimination of outsourcing.