Thursday, October 19, 2017

MTUC slams bosses’ stand on workers’ insurance


Its president Abdul Halim Mansor says it never agreed that payouts were only for workers who did not receive termination benefits.
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has denied ever agreeing to the request by employers that only workers who do not receive termination or retrenchment benefits will receive payments from the Employment Insurance System (EIS).
Commenting on the statement by the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) that the human resources minister had given a “misleading statement” over the matter, MTUC president Abdul Halim Mansor said the only thing agreed in principle by the employee’s representative in the meeting with Second Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani on Aug 10 was the reduction in the contribution rate from 0.5% to 0.2%.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Applications From Employers Who Failed To Provide Standard Accommodation Rejected - JTKSM

About 30 per cent of the 3,209 applications for foreign workers submitted by employers have been rejected this year for failure to comply with the minimum standard guideline for worker’s accommodation,” said Peninsular Malaysia Manpower Department (JTKSM) deputy director (Operations) Wan Zulkifli Wan Setapa.
He said compliance with the guideline was a prerequisite for the intake of foreign workers, which included providing accommodation that is approved by the local authorities and in a safe environment while male and female workers must also be housed in separate dorms.
"The issue of worker’s accommodation should not be taken lightly by employers as we have received complaints from foreign workers, especially those who live in wooden huts at construction sites and filthy environment,” he said in a press conference held in conjunction with an enforcement operation on restaurants in Putrajaya here today.
He said a large number of employers failed to comply with the minimum standard for worker accommodation compared with other offences, resulting in their application rejected.
Wan Zulkifli said employers who failed to comply with conditions set would be blacklisted for future applications.
He said the department had conducted 25,680 enforcement operations to ensure foreign workers enjoy the rights and benefits set by the government.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Debate workers’ issues before GE


The political climate in the country is getting more vibrant by the day, in anticipation of the upcoming general election. Umno and its junior allies that form Barisan Nasional, the coalition that has ruled the country since independence, is feeling the heat of the many scandals that confront the party, in particular its leader, Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The main opposition parties, in forming Pakatan Harapan, are hoping to unseat the government and seem to have the wind behind them. That being said, it will still be a tall order to overcome a ruling party that has the entire government machinery behind it.
The middle class of the country, the poor and the workers, are being increasingly challenged on an economic scale. The rising cost of living, the growing income and wealth gap, and the negative impact on real income levels have badly affected common people in Malaysia. This situation is independent of political alliances and ideologies. It impacts everyone, regardless of which political party they support.
The indicators that are used by the government to measure the cost of living are misleading. Ask any common Malaysian, and they will tell you that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as well as inflation figures are no reflection of reality. In fact, it distorts reality and the working poor are the ones who feel it the most.

With the general election looming, the various political parties should agree to a debate to specifically discuss matters concerning workers. The parties should be willing to take a position on the following:

  1. The rising cost of living and how this will be dealt with going forward;
  2. The management of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and the workers’ participation in the management of EPF affairs;
  3. Wages – the sufficiency of the current minimum wage levels and the minimum wage mechanism;
  4. The rights of trade unions to operate as free trade unions, without any undue interference by government agencies that stifle the growth of unions and the rights of their members to proper representation, individually and collectively. This would have to include public sector trade unions;
  5. The state of labour legislation in the country and its adequacy;
  6. Bilateral and multilateral trade pacts and their position where it concerns labour issues;
  7. Job creation and the strategies that will be applied in that regard, and
  8. Foreign workers – their rights; dealing with the large number of undocumented foreign workers and their exploitation by employers, and how the impact on the depression of wages will be dealt with.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


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MTUC Penang Division is gravelly disturbed with our Prime Minister's statement that the EPF would be in a position to invest in the US. He is quoted to have said that the investments could be in the billions. 

MTUC is of the opinion that any investment of the hard earned money of the Malaysian workers ought to be prudently invested to ensure that there is the best returns on investment. Unless that is ensured there is a real possibility that we the contributors to our old age provident fund would stand to be losers. Given the fact that a huge portion of our EPF funds are now tight up with government bonds we are truly concerned if such investment in the US economy is wise. MTUC Penang Division is wondering if the prime minister is submitting to geopolitical pressures from the US administration. Whatever the case maybe it is our position that EPF's funds should only be expanded with the consent of it's stake holders i.e. the workers for whom the fund is intended in their retirement years. 

On this score MTUC Penang Division calls upon the relevant investment authorities of EPF to state if the said undertaking by our prime minister was discussed and approved by them or was made otherwise. In conclusion MTUC Penang Division calls upon the EPF not to be cowed by the higher powers but to act in an indepent, transparent and accountable manner giving the utmost priority to the well being of its contributors.

Bro. K. Veeriah
Secretary
MTUC Bahagian Pulau Pinang
d/a No 2965, Jalan Prai
Taman Indrawasih
13600 Prai
Penang
H/P No: 016-4184520
Email: kveeriah@hotmail.com

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

SEA Games holiday manageable, say economists, unions

SEA Games holiday manageable, say economists, unions



The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) meanwhile said that it all boils down to how a company manages its resources and maintains its production value.
 Employees should not get recalled on public holidays and be made to work like robots.
MTUC president Halim Mansor said employers should recognise that public holidays and annual leave are for employees to rest and recharge.
They should not get recalled on public holidays and be made to work like robots, he said.
“For example, there are many companies nowadays that use advanced automated technology for their day-to-day operations. That should help not disrupt their overall productivity.
“We have to work smart. Not work hard all the time,”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

EIS concept – the struggle of the MTUC since 1997

The Employment Insurance System (EIS) looks set to be on track for implementation now that stakeholders are “agree­able” to the lowering of the percentage of contribution.
Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) president Abdul Halim Mansor said during a recent tripartite meeting with the Government and stakeholders, the rate was agreed to be brought down to 0.2% each for employers and employees.

Malaysia's Migrant Money Trail

FOREIGN WORKERS ARE FLOODING MALAYSIA BY THE MILLIONS…BUT WHO ACTUALLY MAKES MONEY OUT OF IT?


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Youth Migration: Facts and Figures

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PDF:::http://www.globalmigrationgroup.org/system/files/4._Chapter_1.pdf

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Migration and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities

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http://www.globalmigrationgroup.org/migrationandyouth

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A region without borders? Policy frameworks for regional labour migration towards South Africa

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PDF:::http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_protect/---protrav/---migrant/documents/publication/wcms_379446.pdf

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Tripartite Action for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in the ASEAN Region (ASEAN TRIANGLE project)

The Project aims to significantly reduce the exploitation of labour migrants in the region through increased legal and safe migration and improved labour protection.

http://www.ilo.org/asia/projects/WCMS_413795/lang--en/index.htm

PDF::: http://www.ilo.org/asia/projects/WCMS_413795/lang--en/index.htm

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World of Work Magazine: Migration Should Be a Choice

This year’s edition of the World of Work magazine highlights themes discussed by the ILO’s 106th International Labour Conference (ILC), including migration.

http://www.ilo.org/global/publications/world-of-work-magazine/issues/WCMS_554910/lang--en/index.htm

PDF::http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_554910.pdf

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Employer-Migrant Worker Relationships in the Middle East: Exploring Scope for Internal Labour Market Mobility and Fair Migration

Reforming migrant worker visa-sponsorship schemes in the Middle East can benefit the economies of receiving countries as well as the migrant workers themselves.

http://www.ilo.org/beirut/publications/WCMS_552697/lang--en/index.htm

PDF:::http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---arabstates/---ro-beirut/documents/publication/wcms_552697.pdf

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Employment Situation in Latina America and the Caribbean (nº16)

Employment situation in Latin America and the Caribbeanis a twice-yearly report prepared jointly by the Economic Development Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Office for the Southern Cone of Latin America of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The present edition analyzes the labour market performance in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016 and labour immigration in Latin America.

http://www.cepal.org/en/publications/41371-employment-situation-latin-america-and-caribbean-labour-immigration-latin-america

PDF::http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---americas/---ro-lima/---sro-santiago/documents/publication/wcms_553538.pdf

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Towards the Right to Work: a Guidebook for Designing IPEP, Background and Experiences from the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

The objective of this guidebook is to provide Lebanese background and experiences from the current context adding to the ILO guidebook for designing innovative Public Employment Programmes. Lebanon is experiencing a growing labour supply and increasing pressure on the labour market as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis.

http://www.ilo.org/beirut/publications/WCMS_559668/lang--en/index.htm

PDF:: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---arabstates/---ro-beirut/documents/publication/wcms_559668.pdf

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Promoting fair migration - General Survey concerning the migrant workers instruments (2016)


The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations has just published its annual General Survey on member States' national law and practice concerning migrant workers.
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ILO Global Estimates on Migrant Workers

The statistical study provides estimates of the proportion of labour migrant workers among the total number of migrants worldwide. It outlines the regions and industries where international migrant workers are established and includes a specific focus on migrants in domestic work with updated numbers.

http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/labour-migration/publications/WCMS_436343/lang--en/index.htm

PDF:::http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/@dgreports/@dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_436343.pdf



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Decent Work for Migrants and Refugees



http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/labour-migration/publications/WCMS_524995/lang--en/index.htm

PDF::: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_524995.pdf

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Skills Mismatch of Natives and Immigrants in Europe

In this Technical Report several methodologies are used to analyse trends in skills mismatch of natives and immigrants in Europe.

http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/labour-migration/publications/WCMS_548911/lang--en/index.htm

PDF: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_protect/---protrav/---migrant/documents/publication/wcms_548911.pdf


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Addressing Governance Challenges in a Changing Labour Migration Landscape




http://www.ilo.org/ilc/ILCSessions/106/reports/reports-to-the-conference/WCMS_550269/lang--en/index.htm
PDF:http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_550269.pdf


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In search of decent work. Migrant workers' rights: A manual for trade unionists

Migration is primarily a labour issue. It concerns the movement of workers who cross borders to find employment, as well as the necessity of equal treatment, good working conditions and rights for these workers. The purpose of this manual is to guide the trade union movement's participation in shaping migration policies by promoting sound labour migration practices and reaching out to migrant workers. It aims to ensure that migration benefits the countries of origin as well as destination countries, and both migrant and non-migrant workers.

http://www.ilo.org/global/publications/ilo-bookstore/order-online/books/WCMS_120113/lang--en/index.htm

PDF: http://www.un.am/up/library/Search%20of%20Decent%20Work_eng.pdf



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