Friday, January 10, 2014

LONDON>>Union adds to tube strike threat

A decision will today be made on whether union members will strike over plans to close London Underground ticket offices.
The Rail Maritime and Transport union will announce the result of a ballot for industrial action over the proposals.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association will also vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of action in protest at the closure of all 260 Tube ticket offices, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

NAMIBIA>>Does Capitalism Work?

WE welcome the letter 'Admit it: Socialism doesn't work' by Moisel Botma-Majiedt (The Namibian, 6 December). It is indeed vital to have debates about pertinent issues.
We would like to start by pointing out that the formal (capitalist) economy actually makes up a very small part of the total economy of a country. The bigger part of the economy consists of non-commodity activities and exchanges such as the capacity to cooperate, to show solidarity, to love, to live in peace, etc.

MALAYSIA>>Hong Leong Bank under fire for alleged discrimination on Muslim employees |

Hong Leong protest
Hong Leong Bank under fire for alleged discrimination on Muslim employees |

MALAYSIA>>72% of RENESAS workers vote in favour of UNION - finally recognition after almost 4 year struggle

The Electronic Industry Employees Union Western Region, Peninsular Malaysia (EIEUWR)/ Kesatuan Sekerja Industri Elektronik Wilayah Barat Semenjung  Malaysia(KSIEWBSM) was victorious in the 'secret ballot' when about 72% of the qualified workers at RENESAS Semiconductor KL Sdn Bhd (formerly known as NEC Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd]voted in favour of the Union. The Union will now be recognized, and soon would be able to begin negotiations for a Collective Bargaining Agreement. The almost 4 year struggle for recognition is over, and we do hope that RENESAS would also do the right thing and reinstate immediately Wan Noorulazhar, the President of the Union.
It would have so much better if employers, like RENESAS, respected worker and trade union rights and immediately accorded recognition to the UNION since 2010 - but sadly, there was resistance to the UNION and thus the need for a 'secret ballot'. 

MALAYSIA>>Soal Naik Gaji Malaysia Tak Menarik

Wacana Sinar Harian siri ke-25 berjudul "Kejutan Ekonomi Selepas PRU13" berlangsung di Auditorium Kompleks Kumpulan Media Karangkraf (Karangkraf).

Membawa tajuk 'Kejutan Ekonomi Selepas PRU13', Sinar Harian menampilkan barisan panelis yang tidak asing lagi, Pengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Wang Awam Malaysia (PAC), Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed dan pakar ekonomi dari Pusat Pengajian Ekonomi, Kewangan dan Perbankan Universiti Utara Malaysia, Prof Dr Amir Hussin Baharuddin. 

MALAYSIA>>Cambodia Solidarity Action in Malaysia

Stop the violence against Cambodian garment workers from Heather Stilwell on Vimeo.

Groups condemn Cambodia worker crackdown

Representatives from local and international NGOs submit a memorandum to the Cambodian embassy.
KUALA LUMPUR: Several civil society groups handed over a memorandum to the Cambodian embassy today, protesting the neighbouring country’s recent violent crackdown on workers striking for higher wages.
Representatives from Dignity International, Asia Floor Wage Alliance, Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor, Committee for Asian Women, Jerit, MTUC, Suaram and Junior Officers Union Tenaga Nasional Berhad submitted the letter to Chhay Kosal, third secretary (Consular and Administration) at the embassy.

KOREA>>Cambodia Solidarity Action in Korea II

Jan 10, 2014 at 10am KCTU and its affiliates, KTNC Watch, and many other civil society organisations had a protest action in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask its responsibility of the involvement in the bloody repression.

Global Labour University announces new Master programs

Global Labour University (GLU) network invites applicants with experience in labour and social movements to apply to Master programmes on sustainable development, social justice, international labour standards, multinational companies and trade unions, economic policies and global institutions.
The programs are developed on the basis of a collaborative work between universities and workers’ organizations across the globe and offer applicants a unique opportunity to engage effectively in social dialogue, public debate, and policy implementation.

MALAYSIA>>Cuepacs Cadang Gaji Minimum Penjawat Awam RM1,200

Presiden Cuepacs, Azih Muda (tengah) beramah mesra bersama kakitangan Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) selepas sesi taklimat bersama Cuepacs di Menara DBKL pada Khamis. -fotoBERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR: Kongres Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Dalam Perkhidmatan Awam (Cuepacs) pada Khamis mencadangkan kerajaan menaikkan kadar gaji minimum penjawat awam kepada RM1,200 bagi mengimbangi kos sara hidup yang semakin meningkat.
Presidennya, Azih Muda berkata berdasarkan analisis Cuepacs, kos sara hidup yang meningkat antara lapan dan 10 peratus sekarang memberi tekanan kepada penjawat awam khususnya yang tinggal di kawasan bandar besar, memandangkan kenaikan gaji sektor awam hanya sekitar dua hingga 2.5 peratus.