Monday, February 29, 2016

MALAYSIA:::MTUC wants training for workers made mandatory

: The government must make it mandatory for local employers to train their employees under the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), says the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).
“Employers must stop giving illogical and unreasonable excuses,” its secretary-general Gopal Kishnam said in a statement today.
“The country needs highly skilled Malaysian workers and to reduce its dependency on foreign workers. Employers must extend their cooperation with the HRDF.”

He was commenting on recent media reports that local employers were reluctant to send their workers for training under HRDF.
Gopal also criticised local employers for the commonly given excuse that employees returning with additional skills would demand higher wages.
Some employers, he noted, were reluctant to send their workers for training on the grounds that it would affect the operation of the organisation or company.
“MTUC wants the government to impose mandatory instructions for employers to send their workers for training programmes under HRDF.”
Gopal explained that the HRDF was part of the government’s initiative to encourage private sector employers to retrain and upgrade their employees’ skills in line with the nation’s industrialisation strategy.
Earlier this month, HRDF chief executive C M Vignaesvaran noted that employers have not been making full use of the HRDF to train employees, with unused funds having ballooned to RM1 billion from last year’s RM800 million.
Employers have failed to utilise the Human Resources Development Fund for fear that employees with additional skills will demand higher wages.

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