Workers’ rights issues should be resolved through negotiations, not by union busting, say 43 civil society and trade union groups.
Charles Hector asserts that Renesas must immediately recognise the workers’ union and reinstate workers’ leader Wan Noorulazhar and other workers who have been terminated.
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.
The National Union of Bank Employees (Nube) claims that the dismissal of two bank employees for their trade union activities amounts to union busting.
Workers are being squeezed as proposed labour law amendments do little to remedy long-standing injustices for employees, points out Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud.
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is calling on the international community to address the deficiency of legislative protections for domestic workers that now allows recruitment agencies and employers to act with impunity as they exploit these most vulnerable workers.
Workers in Malaysia can only have a brighter future if they seek to organise and mobilise themselves to effect political changes that are favourable to them, observes Toh Kin Woon.
The Asian Migrants Centre, the MAP Foundation and the Workers and Farmers Solidarity League of Burma applaud the brave action taken by workers in industrial zones in Burma who have protested against exploitative working conditions despite the threat of a crackdown.
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The government has awarded hefty pay hikes to civil servants, but private sector workers have been forgotten, say Syed Shahir bin Syed Mohamud and G Rajasekaran. The MTUC is proposing a minimum wage of RM900 and a cost of living allowance (Cola) of RM300.