PUTRAJAYA (6 February 2013): Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit) submitted a total of 55 complaints regarding the abuse of minimum wage policy by employers to the Ministry of Human Resource.
Sixty seven civil society groups have called on the government to immediately rescind the decision to allow employers of migrant workers to recover the foreign workers’ levies they paid to the government from the migrant workers concern.
The government has implemented the minimum wage policy for political reasons without any strategic plan to address the flood of foreign workers into the country, observes Ronald Benjamin.
Hygiene workers do the general public a favour by maintaining the cleanliness and pleasantness of public spaces despite the often dirty and dangerous nature of their jobs. Theirs is the nobler cause, says Jasmine Tea.
Under this pro-business BN government, trade unions have been weakened and workers’bargaining powers eroded, writes Charles Hector.
In the first of a two-part article, Charles Hector examines how a pro-business government has led to a steady weakening of workers’ rights and their welfare and livelihood.
More than a hundred civil society groups from across the region have endorsed a statement opposing these amendments, which they feel will undermine the employer-employee relationship and erode workers’ rights.
Unless the government and the private sector tackle the real issues, the brain drain will continue to haunt Malaysia, says Ronald Benjamin.
Employers must pay all medical costs of workers especially for work-related accident or occupational diseases, insist 58 local and regional civil society groups.
The application of labour laws and acceptance of workers’ rights for domestic workers would clarify the employment relationship between domestic workers and employers, says Angeline Loh.