Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MALAYSIA:::Zeti gesa tangani persepsi buruk selepas penarafan ‘status sampah’ pelabur

Gabenor Bank Negara Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz hari ini menggesa pihak bertanggungjawab supaya menangani persepsi buruk yang diterima negara selepas penarafan "status sampah" (junk status) oleh pelabur yang menyamakan Malaysia setaraf Brazil.
Katanya, langkah yang sama seperti ketika negara berdepan krisis kewangan Asia pada 1998 perlu dilakukan apabila menjelaskan mengenai keadaan sebenar negara kepada pelabur.

ILO:::300 million elderly not receiving long-term care

GENEVA: More than half the world’s elderly lack access to long-term care, the International Labour Organization said in a report Monday, condemning the “deplorable” situation facing a rapidly ageing population.
A new report from the UN agency showed that some 300 million people over the age of 65 cannot easily access long-term care when needed.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

MALAYSIA:::MTUC proposes unrecorded leave for workers suffering from haze

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has urged private sector employers to consider granting unrecorded leave to employees who have been affected by the haze until the air quality improves.    
MTUC deputy secretary-general A. Balasubramaniam said this was one way of easing the difficulties faced by workers due to the worsening haze situation. 
“Private sector employers should be lenient enough to grant unrecorded leave for their employees at a time when the haze situation is worsening. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

MALAYSIA:::ETC systems causing loss of employment for workers

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is disappointed with the loss of jobs for workers at toll booths, by reason of automation or the ‘electronic toll collection’ (ETC) system. Many local workers, especially women workers, have lost their jobs by this move by highway toll operators. The Malaysian government failed to protect employment of workers, when these companies choose to do away with human workers in favour of automation.

MALAYSIA:::Why skilled foreign workers not priority

: It is not possible to hire skilled foreign workers for now because Malaysia has not recognised skills certificates from source countries for such workers.
Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said this in response to a statement by Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib on Friday advising employers to hire trained and skilled registered foreign workers to prevent the risk of accidenyts at the workplace.

MALAYSIA:::Kesatuan sekerja penting untuk kejayaan syarikat

Profesor Dr Balakrishnan Parasuraman dari Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) melancarkan buku kajiannya bertajuk ‘Employee Participation in Malaysia: Theory and Practices’ buat julung kalinya di Sabah.
Balakrishnan berkata, buku yang dilancarkan itu adalah sebahagian daripada tesis yang dilakukannya ketika di Universiti Wollongog Australia dan kemudian diterbitkan oleh UMK Press.
“Buku ini adalah berkenaan peranan kesatuan pekerja dan majikan serta proses pembuat keputusan yang mana terdapat tiga kajian kes dilakukan, iaitu dua kes berkenaan kesatuan sekerja dan satu kes berkenaan tiada kesatuan.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Malaysia labouring for workers’ rights

MALAYSIA has been a member of the International Labour Organisation for 58 years now since Sept 11, 1957. What does this mean to our workers? The core principles of ILO are highlighted by the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, adopted in 1998. Since these principles are the core standards pursued by ILO, member countries like Malaysia are obliged to adopt and implement these principles for their workforce,

Monday, September 7, 2015

Indonesian workers start campaign for better minimum wage

On the first day of September, tens of thousands of workers took to the streets of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta demanding better labour laws and a new minimum wage for 2016. This demonstration was jointly co-ordinated by the three main union Federations in Indonesia. With the ongoing scourge of casualisation, increasing lay offs due to a slowing economy, and persistent high rates of poverty, unions are also demanding that the government undertakes job creation programs. Experience from previous campaigns, would show Indonesian workers face difficult months ahead in trying to achieve their objectives.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

MALAYSIA:::Millions strike in India over 'anti-labour' reforms

Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at planned labour law reforms, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office.
They say labour reforms planned by Modi's government will put jobs at risk, and are demanding it scrap changes that would make it easier to lay off workers and shut down unproductive factories.
All India Trade Union Congress secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said the response had been "magnificent" and estimated over 150 million workers participated in the strike, although this could not be independently confirmed.

MALAYSIA:::Malaysia's RHB says it offers voluntary exit scheme to employees

* Valid from Sept 2 to Sept 23, 2015-RHB
* RHB has almost 18,000 employees company-wide
* Did not say how many employees it expects to take up the offer (Add context, quotes)