Rani Rasiah condemns the government’s heavy-handed action in dealing with a Nepali migrant workers’ protest against the non-implementation of the minimum wage ruling.
Many employers are trying to be ‘smart’ and doing all kinds of things to defeat the plan to provide fair wages to workers, notes Charles Hector.
The RM900 minimum wage should be based on basic wages (normal working hours, eight hours per day), and before taking into account overtime, other allowances and benefits, writes Charles Hector.
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.
There is a chance that the government may institute a minimum wage, says Rani Rasiah. But the catch is it is likely to be merely cosmetic, and not a minimum living wage.
Workers should be aware that all the talk about a high-income country doesn’t imply high wages for them, says Rani Rasiah.
Lee Hwok Aun responds to two articles on a news website that opposed the idea of a minimum wage policy. Workers have tolerated our low-wage regime for far too long, he says.
For the past one decade, Gabungan Pekerja Kilang dan Kesatuan, Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (GPKK/Jerit), Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), NGOs as well as individuals have been petitioning for a Minimum Wage Act .