Saturday, October 4, 2014

MALAYSIA:::Disappointed MTUC to hand over memorandum to KTMB

Railwayman Union Malaya Picket KTMB
Malaysian Trade Union Congress in a press release said that it will be sending a 

memorandum to the Chief Executive of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) on October 

3, after being clearly disappointed in the way  KTMB handled the sacking of its 37 

employees. MTUC is a federation of trade unions and registered under the Societies Act,

1955. The unions affiliated to  MTUC represent all major industries and sector with 

approximately 500,000 members. MTUC General Secretary, N Gopal Kishnam wants KTMB

to resinstate the sacked employees immediately as this clearly infringes the rights of the

workers and contravenes the laws which protects the workers. “What they (KTMB workers)

 did was only picketing and (it) did not disturb the companies operations, furthermore 

their actions are allowed under the Section 40 of the Industrial Relations Act” said Gopal.

Gopal also said that apart from the sacked 37, almost hundred employees has been given 

showcase letters byKTMB.This shows as though they are targeting the union leaders,” he


Railwayman Union Malaya Picket KTMB_Abdul Razak Md Hassan President
Railwayman Union of Malaya (RUM) president Abdul Razak Md Hassan
“We have sent a letter to Prime Minister and Transport Minister on this issue over a month

ago but none has responded so far,” said Gopal, who also feels that this a blatant act of

union busting.

Gopal said that the sacking of the 37 employees makes it worse because KTMB is a

government linked company and for them to do this, is like the government itself is behind

this.The act of union busting by KTMB was earlier highlighted by Railwayman Union of

Malaya (RUM) president Abdul Razak Md Hassan during a press conference.

“It feels as though the unions cannot voice out the grievances and issues faced by workers,”

said Abdul Razak, who quoted section 117 of the Industrial Relations act, which exemplifies

this act as union busting.

On September 3, KTMB sacked RUM’s President Abdul Razak and it’s Vice President R

Subramaniam, which was followed by 35 other employees. More than 100 other employees

was issued with show cause letters.


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