Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MALAYSIA:::MTUC Wants Labour Department To Conduct Regular Checks At Work Places

SHAH ALAM, March 5 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has called on the Labour Department to carry out regular inspection at work premises to ensure employers comply with the minimum wage policy.

Its deputy secretary-general, A. Balasubramaniam, said the union had received numerous complaints on companies not paying the minimum wage of RM900 to workers.

He said companies found to have under paid their employees should comply with the minimum wage requirement and to pay the arrears in backdated wages in accordance with the law.

"MTUC calls on the Labour Department to strictly monitor the enforcement of the minimum wage ruling to ensure the low paid workers are not deprived of their legitimate wages, especially at a time when the cost of living has gone up.

"Under section 65 of the Employment Act, the labour officers have power to inspect any work premises," he told Bernama.

In 2013, the government gazetted the minimum wage of RM900 a month in the Peninsular and RM800 in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan for enforcement on Jan 1, 2014.

Balasubramaniam said the Labour Department should also carry out aggressive campaign to create awareness on the minimum wage policy.

Workers who are not getting their legitimate wage should come forward to file complaints on the matter without fearing of getting penalised by their employers, he added.

source:: -- BERNAMA

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JAPAN:::Toyota Union Cites ‘Big Gap’ With Carmaker in Wage Talks

Toyota Motor Corp. (7203), the world’s largest automaker, faces a “big gap” in negotiations with its workers’ union in Japan, the labor group’s chairman said today.
“Our negotiation with the company is like a parallel line,” Mitsuyuki Tsuruoka, the head of the Toyota Motor Workers’ Union, said today at an event near the company’s headquarters in Toyota City, Japan. “We have had two rounds of negotiations so far, but there remains a big gap between us.”

MALAYSIA ::: Socso Issues 256 Compound Fines For Delay In Lodging Reports On Workplace Accidents Last Year

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 (Bernama) -- The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has issued 256 compound fines to employers in the city throughout last year for delay in lodging reports on workplace accidents.

Kuala Lumpur Socso director Mohamad Asri Ngosman said of the total, 157 cases were being scrutinised to be taken to court under the Employees' Social Security Act 1969.