Monday, June 23, 2014

MTUC: Increase minimum wage to RM1,200

MALACCA: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has proposed that the minimum wage for public and private sector employees be raised to at least RM1,200 per month.
MTUC president Khalid Atan said the present minimum wage of RM900 for workers in Peninsular Malaysia and RM800 for those in Sabah and Sarawak was too low, and no longer practical because of the rising cost of living.

The sum of RM900 as minimum wage was proposed by MTUC leaders during a meeting with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1998.
Speaking at the 2014 Workers Day gathering at the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) here yesterday, he urged the government to take action against errant employers to ensure the minimum wage policy could be carried out effectively.
Khalid reiterated that the cost 
of living allowance (Cola), which is enjoyed by civil servants, should 
be extended to private sector workers.
“We hope the government will introduce regulations that will direct private sector employers to pay Cola to their employees.”

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