Thursday, April 30, 2015

MALAYSIA:::Review labour and industrial relations laws, urges MTUC

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has asked the Government to review relevant labour and industrial relations laws for the benefit of workers.
MTUC secretary-general N. Gopal Kishnam said current amendments to such laws had affected the rights of the workers and influence of trade unions.
“Although (we) have various labour laws in the country, such as the Employment Act, Industrial Relations Act and Trade Unions Act, they have been amended to erode the rights of the workers and influence of the trade unions.

“Although there were strong objections from MTUC, the amendments allowing contract workers, which could have an impact on the salaries and rights of workers, were tabled in Parliament,” he said in his Labour Day message here yesterday.
He urged the Government to consider a minimum salary of RM1,200 as there was an imbalance of income in certain sectors.
“A proper salary will enable these workers to enjoy equal rights,” said Gopal.
He also urged the Government to give serious attention to the increasing number of foreign workers.
“Foreign workers have been brought into the country on the pretext that locals did not want to do the job. In reality, their presence affects the salaries of local workers,” he said.

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