Sunday, December 15, 2013

MALAYSIA:::Pekerja ladang serang pasukan polis

Betong: Sekumpulan pekerja warga asing menyerang sepasukan polis menggunakan parang dalam kejadian di sebuah ladang kelapa sawit, kira-kira jam 4 petang tadi.
Menurut sumber, polis datang ke ladang itu untuk memberi bantuan selepas mendapat maklumat ada pekerja asing mengamuk, tetapi sebaik tiba mereka menyerang polis. 

INDONESIA:::Riau:::Dipecat kerana tak solat subuh

Riau: Seramai 19 pekerja kontrak kerajaan di wilayah Hulu Rokan dipecat kerana gagal menghadiri solat subuh yang dijadikan program keagamaan wajib pihak berkuasa tempatan pada setiap Jumaat.

MALAYSIA:::Niosh Calls For Collaboration To Prevent Commuting Accidents

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has called on employers and employees to be committed in hatching a culture of preventing and reducing commuting accidents on the road.

INDIA::: Indian workers confront globalisation by fighting on many fronts

The well publicised Maruti Suzuki dispute of the last couple of years is only one of many struggles that Indian workers have undertaken in the ongoing industrialisation of India. The repression unleashed against the Maruti Suzuki workers can be seen by the fact that over 100 are still in jail. A fundraising campaign has been set up to help these jailed workers. Following on from actions by garment workers in neighbouring Bangladesh, workers in Chennai are also taking action. Construction workers in the western city of Ahmedabad are also mobilising while the dispute against union busting at Frito-Lay (PepsiCo owned) is now getting more international solidarity.  source:::

KOREA::: Korean workers head into a bitter winter of struggles

As reported previously, workers in Korea are fighting on many fronts against union repression and for better wages and conditions. This year has seen many harsh disputes. The current fight against the privatisation of the railway system has already seen almost 7,000 workers suspended for taking action after only three days. There has been a massive show of support internationally with solidarity rallies in many countries, click here for Sydney rally photos. Meanwhile the Korean Women's Trade Union has held a second strike against wage discrimination and precarious work. source:::

THAILAND:::When will workers intervene in the political conflict in Thailand?

The political crisis that has been developing over the last few weeks in Thailand is showing no sign of abating. The government’s decision to resign and call for fresh elections has only encouraged the fascist forces of the Yellow Shirts to call for the army to stage a coup. This crisis shows the deep division within the capitalist class in Thailand. While the Thai army has a history of carrying out coups, it is unclear who they would support at this stage, or how their intervention would resolve anything. The missing actors are the workers and the progressive sections of the mass movement that were the mainstay of the Red Shirts. Our brothers and sisters need to come out to campaign for the right to organise, for a living wage, for the rights of migrant workers, and a universal health and welfare system. This is a fight we can win. source:::

CHINA:::Chinese workers killed in coal mine explosion

Another major accident was recorded this week in one of China’s coal mines. According to the latest news reports, 21 workers were killed when an explosion rocked the Yangjiagou coal mine in Hutubi County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. These deaths are only the most recent fatalities (seeherehere and here) of an industrial system where lax regulations and high work pressures lead to terrible OHS standards in workplaces. While there has been some improvement, the coal mining industry is one of the most dangerous in China. Independent unions are not allowed in China. source:::

MALAYSIA:::Monitoring minimum wage

Human Resources Ministry to look into suggestion on minimum wage tripartite committees 

KUCHING: Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot said yesterday a cabinet paper on the suggestion to set up tripartite committees to keep tabs on the minimum wage implementation within all the 72 Manpower offices nationwide, can only be prepared upon the agreement of his ministry and National Wages Consultative Council.
He said the all ministry’s agencies, including the Industrial Relations Department (JPPM), had been asked to be prepared for the impact of the minimum wage implementation, which would be fully enforced by January 1 2014, especially during the first quarter of next year.

MALAYSIA:::MTUC polls shouldn't see contests, says ex-chief

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) polls that will take place on Dec 22 should not see contests between its leaders, said its former president, Tan Sri Zainal Rampak.

MALAYSIA:::MTUC: Singapore riot serves as wake-up call to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has called on the Human Resource Ministry to hold a tripartite meeting between the government, employers and employees to work out a strategy to prevent rioting by foreign workers.

MALAYSIA:::MTUC study reveals minimum wage loophole

KUALA LUMPUR: A study by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has revealed that many employers are still shortchanging workers by lumping all overtime and allowances into the basic salary to make up the statutory RM900 minimum wage.