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Malaysian Trades Union Congress

Feb-Mac 2015

Sambutan Hari Mei 2015 akan diadakan di Komplek Sukan Panasonic,


Sek 21 Shah Alam, pada 1hb Mei 2015 pagi.
Semua kesatuan gabungan diminta mengambil bahagian dan memberi
sokongan sepenuhnya bagi menjayakannya.

MTUC Calls for Emergency Financial


Assistance for Workers Out of Work
MTUC urges the government to immediately put in
place an emergency relief scheme for the suddenly
unemployed as they seek new employment. Like the
recent floods, unemployment can also come suddenly
and unexpectedly, and affected workers and their
families will need some emergency help to survive the situation and get back
on their feet.
The worker in Malaysia, if he/she were to lose their job, requires immediate emergency financial assistance whilst he looks for another employment. Today, the worker is burdened with monthly financial obligations like
food, clothing, basic amenities (water, electricity, sewage bills, telecommunication and television), healthcare, transportation and childrens education.
Additionally, most workers have monthly financial obligations to make payments towards home and car loans.
As such, if a worker is suddenly wrongfully dismissed, it creates great
financial problems to the worker and their families, and there is an urgent
need to put in place an emergency unemployment assistance scheme as is
now present in many countries, including neighbouring Thailand. This assistance would be temporary in nature, lasting possibly for a period of maybe not
more than 6 -12 months, being the time required for the out of job worker to
find a suitable new employment. Without such emergency financial assistance, the unemployed can very easily slide into abject poverty losing their
home, having their car towed away, their furniture and household appliance re
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MTUC urges that Malaysia immediately put in place this necessary
social protection for workers that find themselves suddenly with no employment and income, will prevent these workers and their families from sliding
down the slippery slope of poverty.
N.Gopal Kishnam, Setiausaha Agung

Feb-Mac 2015 MTUC

MEMORANDUM

Nasib dan Masa Depan 6,000 Pekerja MAS


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Dalam Syarikat GLC


4. Penswastaan (GLC)
5. International Transport Federation (ITF)
6. Public Services International Malaysia (PSI)
7. ASEAN Trade Union Council (ASEATUC)
Tujuan utama adalah bagi menyampaikan rasa
bimbang terhadap nasib dan masa depan 6,000 pekerja
MAS yang bakal diberhentikan kerja akibat dari penstrukturan semula syarikat penerbangan kebanggaan
Negara seperti yang dilaporkan oleh pihak media.

23hb Mar 2015, Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya Sidang Media Solidariti bagi 6000 Pekerja MAS yang
bakal dibuang kerja - Badan Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia
yg hadir terdiri dari MTUC,UNI-MLC,TUF, GLC Union,
PSI & ASEATUC. Bersatu Teguh Demi Pekerja!
MEMORANDUM
Nasib dan Masa Depan 6,000 Pekerja
MALAYSIAN AIRLINES SYSTEM (MAS)

Kehilangan 6000 pekerjaan kepada pekerja Syarikat


MAS adalah sesuatu yang amat serius dan bakal
menghilangkan punca pendapatan ahli keluarga mereka. Syarikat MAS juga merupakan Syarikat Pertalian
Kerajaan (Government Link CompanyGLC) dan keputusan memberhentikan 6000 pekerja bakal memberi
impak yang negatif kepada dasar-dasar penswastaan
negara yang dicetuskan oleh Mantan Perdana Menteri
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Pemimpin-Pemimpin Kesatuan Sekerja


Malaysia mengadakan sidang akhbar di
Hotel Crystal Crown, Petaling Jaya pada 23
Mar 2015 bersama:1. Malaysian Trade Union Congress
(MTUC)
2. UNI-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC)
3. Kongres Kesatuan Kesatuan Sekerja

Panasonic Malaysia memberi Penghawa dingin kepada MTUC


Panasonic Malaysia dengan kerjasama kesatuan
EIWU telah memberi 6 unit air cond-Penghawa
dingin kepada MTUC pada 9hb Februari 2015. Majlis
ini berlangsung di Tingkat 6 MTUC Subang Jaya.
Majlis ini telah dihadiri oleh Presiden MTUC, Sdra
Mohd Khalid Atan bersama Setiausaha Agung Sdra
N. Gopal Kishnam.
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Feb-Mac2015 MTUC

Union busting activities by Airod Sdn Bhd: Promote


the President of the union, without his consent
Kesatuan Eksekutif Airod Sdn Bhd V. Airod Sdn Bhd

Award number :AWARD NO. 156 OF


2014 [CASE NO: 1/1-1047/13]

Industrial Court, Kuala Lumpur: P Iruthayaraj D Pappusamy


Employees' Panel: Kunasegaran Sankara Pillai
Employers' Panel: Chung Boon Poh
Award No. 1121 Of 2014 [Case No: 4/3-406/12]

The union contended inter alia that the company had attempted to promote the President of the union, without his consent, to a managerial grade to hinder his
participation in the lawful activities of the union and
had been involved in union busting activities. The company on the other hand contended that it had not been involved in any union busting activities as the President of
the union, despite his promotion, had remained its President. The sole issue that arose for determination before
the Court was whether the company had been in contravention of s. 4(1) and (2) of the IR Act 1967.
It is obvious that the company had taken various steps or measures to interfere and disrupt the
union's activities by attempting to promote En. Shatiri
as the union President (without obtaining his agreement) to the Managerial Grade in order to place him outside the scope of union representation. Besides this the
company even demoted En. Shatiri to his former post and
grade when in the first place he had not accepted the said
promotion.
These actions of the company have been actually
captured in the union's complaint under ss. 4, 5and 7 of
the IR Act, 1967 as highlighted above [see pp. 28 to 31 of
Bundle UB1 i.e The company must respect and give

The Company (Airod) objected to the appointment of Shatiri bin Mansor ( The Executive Secretary) to
represent the complainant (Trade Union of Workers )in
the present proceedings on the ground that he is not authorised under the Rules which govern the complainant
which is a trade union of workmen. They contend that
only an officer of the complainant may represent the complainant in the present proceedings. Since Shatiri bin
Mansor's services had been terminated by the Company
(Airod) with effect 1 September 2013, he therefore was
no longer eligible to be a member of the complainant.
The issue was solely to determine whether Shatiri bin
Mansor(ES) could represent the complainant .
The complainant filed an affidavit in reply which
was affirmed by Haji Shatiri bin Mansor on 27 December
2013 (referred to as "the second affidavit"). The complainant contended that they had the power to employ an Executive Secretary pursuant to s. 29(1), Trade Unions Act
1959 and Peraturan 11(3) of the Rules of the complainant. Further, the Annual General Meeting of the complainant which was held on 18 August 2006 had authorised
the Executive Council of the complainant to employ an
Executive Secretary vide exhibit SM-1 which is annexed
to the second affidavit.

credence and practical effect to past practice of seeking The Industrial Court in awarding invoked Section 27(2)
(a), Industrial Relations Act 1967 inter-alia reads as folthe union member's acceptance before promoting him.)

Accordingly the court has ruled that union President's promotion is wrongful and consequently his demotion has also been ruled as being unlawful and/or an unfair labour practice, this court therefore based on equity
and good conscience logically orders and directs that with
immediate effect the Company shall remove from its records the promotion and demotion of En. Shatiri pursuant
to the powers contained in s. 30(6) of the IR Act 1967 as
there is clear rational nexus between union's complaint
and the just and equitable relief granted by this court in
order to resolve the dispute under reference pursuant
to s. 8(2A) of the IR Act 1967.

lows: (2) If any question arises before the court as to


whether the person representing a party under subsection
(1) is -(a) an officer or employee of the trade union which
he represents; the question shall be determined by the
President or the Chairman, whose decision thereon shall
be final. Accordingly held that Shatiri bin Mansor is authorised to represent the complainant in the present proceedings as he is an employee of the complainant( Trade
Union of Workers)

Feb -Mac 2 015 MTUC

FORUM GST
Forum GST sehari telah diadakan di MTUC pada11hb Februari 2015 di Wisma MTUC. Forum ini
telah dihadiri loleh ebih dari 100 pemimpin kesatuan
yang mewakili lebih dari 30 kesatuan sekerja.
Penceramah utama terdiri dari YB Dr Dzulkefly Ah-

mad dari Pusat Penyelidikan PAS yang telah


membentangkan tajuk Implikasi dan kesan GST
terhadap kos hidup rakyat berpendapatan rendah
dan keluarga mereka dari perspektif kritikal , diikuti
oleh Encik Mohammad Sabri bin Saad,
Penolong Kanan Pengarah Kastam(1)
dari Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia
dengan tajuk Perlaksanaan GST, diikuti dengan Puan Norlaila Zainal,
Pengarah Bahagian Penguatkuasaan,
akta Kawalan Harga, Kemenretian
Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan
Kepenggunaan dengan tajuk Akibat
dari Perlaksaan GST manakala penceramah terakhir Encik Thangaraj N.
Mohanasundram seorang pakar
ekonomis membentangkan kertas kerja bertajuk Bagaimana menghadapi GST secara hemat. Forum sehari telah
memberi maklumat yang berguna kepada semua peserta yang menyertainya.

80% pencarum KWSP cecah usia 55 dengan simpanan bawah garis kemiskinan
Lebih 75% daripada 14 juta pencarum Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja berpendapatan kurang daripada
RM2,000 dan 15% memperoleh di antara RM2,000 dan RM5,000 sebulan yang menyebabkan simpanan tidak
mencukupi untuk menjalani kehidupan persaraan dengan selesa.
The Malaysian Insider, 13 Mac, 2015.

Hampir 80% daripada pekerja yang akan mencecah umur 55 tahun pada tahun ini tidak akan mempunyai duit simpanan mencukupi dalam Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) untuk hidup atas garis kemiskinan, menurut
perangkaan yang dikeluarkan ketua pegawai eksekutifnya.
Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan (gambar, kiri) berkata, para pekerja ini tidak akan mempunyai jumlah simpanan KWSP mencukupi bagi membolehkan mereka hidup dengan RM800 sebulan, yang hampir dengan pendapatan purata bagi garis kemiskinan Malaysia iaitu RM830, untuk 20 tahun akan datang.
Ini kerana kebanyakan daripada mereka memperoleh gaji yang rendah apabila mereka mula menyumbang
kepada dana dalam tahun 1980-an, dan terus mendapat gaji rendah sehingga umur 55, kata Shahril yang tidak
memberikan jumlah sebenar bagi kelompok yang akan bersara ini.
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Feb-Mac 2015 MTUC

KONVENSYEN KEPIMPINAN PEKERJA


NEGERI SELANGOR
28 Mac,BUKIT JALIL, KUALA LUMPUR. Konvensyen
Kepimpinan Pekerja Negeri Selangor anjuran MTUC Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan dengan kerjasama Majlis Tindakan Persekutuan Negeri Selangor (MTP) berjaya mencapai objektifnya. Kehadiran pemimpin kesatuan daripada
beberapa sektor swasta dan awam. Kira-kira 100 orang hadir
termasuk jemputan panel dan Pengerusi MTP, YB Datuk
Noh b Hj Omar.Panel daripada Jabatan Tenaga Kerja
dihadiri oleh Ketua Pengarah Tn Hj Arsi Abd Wahab, manakala dari pihak PDRM ialah ASP Tn EU dari IPK Kuala Lumpur.
Setiausaha Agung MTUC Sdra Gopal Kishnam
telah merasmikan konvensyen tersebut di Bukit Jalil Kelab
Golf dan Resort. Pada sebelah petang peserta-peserta telah
membentangkan resolusi pekerja negeri Selangor untuk
dibahaskan dan seterusnya menyerahkan kepada Pengerusi
MTP. Antara RESOLUSI yang dipersetujui adalah seperti
berikut;
1. Menghormati Keluhuran Perlembagaan Persekutuan
dengan Mengiktiraf dan Mengubal Undang-Undang yang
Menyekat Hak Kebebasan Berkesatuan dan Hak Bersuara
Kaum Pekerja.
2. Meminda dan Memperkasakan Peruntukan UndangUndang Buruh yang Lapuk Dengan Deklarasi Prinsip-Prinsip
Asasi dan Hak-Hak di Tempat Kerja 1988 Pertubuhan Buruh
Antarabangsa (Ilo) Declaration Of Fundamental Principles
and Rights At Work dan Mempraktikkan Agenda Kerja
Kepatutan (Decent Work Agenda) * Cuti Bersalin 90 Hari, 40
Jam Bekerja Seminggu, Pekerja Wanita Dilarang Bekerja
Pada Waktu Malam Bermula Jam 11 Malam Hingga 7 Pagi.
3. Meminda Akta Perhubungan Perusahan 1967 yang
Lebih Adil kepada Kedua-dua Pihak.
4. Menghentikan Serta Merta Amalan Union Busting oleh

Syarikat Swasta dan


Syarikat-Syarikat
Berkaitan Kerajaan (GlC,
GOC).
5. Menghapuskan serta
merta segala bentuk
ancaman, Penindasan,
Tindakan
yang
Menghakis Kualiti Hidup dan Menggugat Kesejahteraan dan
Keharmonian Kaum Pekerja.
6. Mengutamakan Jaminan Pekerjaan (Employment and
Job Security) dan Menghapuskan Amalan Penyumberluaran
(Out Sourcing/Contract for Service) dan Penggajian Pekerja
Secara Kontrak (Short Terms).
7. Pengambilan dan Pengurusan Pekerja-Pekerja Asing
Hanya Melalui Mekanisma Dua Pihak Kerajaan Ke Kerajaan
Sahaja (Goverment To Goverment).
8. Menggubal Akta Perkeso Agar Memberi Perlindungan
24 Jam Kepada Pencarum.
Menyediakan Tabung Guaman untuk Membantu Pekerja
Yang Dibuang Kerja
Penyerahan Resolusi ini diadakan dengan cara
yang simbolik dimana pekerja berarak membawa bendera
serta melaungkan kata-kata semangat. Seterusnya resolusi
dibawa naik kepentas dan diyerahkan kepada Datuk Seri
Noh b Hj Omar untuk tindakkan selanjutnya. Datuk Seri dalam ucapannya memaklumkan kesediaan beliau membantu
kaum pekerja mengikut saluran yang betul dan perundingan.
Program berakhir jam 5.00 petang dengan kepuasan jelas
pada wajah pemimpin kerana telah memberi yang terbaik
dalam resolusi yang diserahkan.
Dilaporkan: MOHD KHAIRI B HJ MAN
Setiausaha MTUC Bhg Selangor & W.Persekutuan

Feb -Mac2015-MTUC

Issues concern-Piket by FEC


Piket-tunjuk perasan oleh Kesatuan pekerja-pekerja
Perusahaan Letrik FEC Cables (M) sdn. Bhd.
Pertikaian wujud apabila syarikat enggan menunaikan
janji yang terkandung dalam Perjanjian bersama dengan
tidak membayar Bonus tahunan pada tahun 2014 dan
juga kenaikan gaji tahunan untuk tahun 2013 dan 2014.
Piket selama dua hari 25 dan 26 Februari telah berlangsung dari pukul 4.00 petang hingga 6.00 petang di Persiaran Raja Muda Shah Alam Industrial Estate Shah
Alam. Tindakan ini dilaksanakan mengikut peruntukan
termaktub dalam akta Perhubungan Perusahaan 1967,
seksyen 40.

Majlis tandatangan Memorandum


MTUC bersama Vietnam

Feb-Mac 2015-MTUC

Pertemuan bersama SUHAKAM

MTUC pada 23hb Februari telah mengadakan perjumpaan dengan SUHAKAM atas undangannya susulan dari memorandum yang dihantar oleh MTUC bagi menangani permasalahan Union Busting Program Workers Walk pada September 2014 bersama-sama MTUC cawangan Selangor dan Wilayah.
Pertemuan ini telah dipengerusikan oleh Pesuruhjaya James Nayagam, dan tutut bersama ialah wakil
dari JPP, JHEKs, JTK dan MEF Dato Shamsuddin Bardan. MTUC telah diketuai oleh Presiden Mohd
Khalid Atan bersama Setiausaha Agung, Gopal Kishnam bersama pegawai-pegawai utama MTUC dan
MTUC Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan.

Pertemuan bersama Bahagian MTUC Johor

Pertemuan Timbalan Presiden MTUC YB Abdullah Sani bersama-sama dengan pemimpin dan ahli kesatuan Bahagian MTUC Johor pada 14 Mar di Wisma NUBE Johor bagi mengenal pasti permasalahan kesatuan-kesatuan
dan di bawa ke Parlimen.
Dilaporkan oleh Sdra Shatiri, Pegawai Khas YB Abdullah Sani7

Feb-Mac2015-MTUC

Issues on
Foreign Workers
MTUC and Trade Unions Can Help
end Human Trafficking and Worker
Exploitation
MTUC verily believes that strong effective trade
unions can tackle the problem of trafficking in
human persons, more so when in Malaysia, the
main problems is the exploitation of workers
not sexual exploitation or the removal of human
organs.
MTUC welcomes the United Nations
Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons
who will be in Malaysia from 23 to 28 February
2015, at the invitation of the Malaysian government. We note that Ms Joy Ngozi Ezeilo had
recently indicated that she was committed to
continue consulting with, amongst others, workers unions in the struggle to eliminate human
trafficking.
Malaysias Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007
also do now clearly acknowledge that
"trafficking in persons" or "traffics in persons" includes forced labour or services,
slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude,
any illegal activity
No one can fight worker exploitation
and protect workers rights better than the workers themselves, and this can be best be done
by trade unions. This Malaysian Act, as it is
now, unfortunately, is lacking as it only focuses
on rescue and assistance, but does not help
victims access to justice and get their civil and
labour law remedies including monies still owing
to them by employers, compensation and other
damages.
MTUC PS 23 Feb 2015 - for more info at
www.mtuc.org.my

MTUC Wants Migrant Workers to Pay the Same


Rate as Local Workers for Public Healthcare
MTUC wants migrant workers to pay the same rate as local
workers for public healthcare. Differential treatment of workers
impacts on worker solidarity, and can be perceived as union
busting.
It is most disturbing to find out that migrant workers are
also required to pay a deposit of RM600 before they be warded
in a public hospital, and a deposit of RM1,200 if they are being
warded for surgery or for child birth. When the monthly minimum
wage in Peninsular Malaysia is RM900, and RM800 in Sabah
and Sarawak, how could anyone reasonably believe that a migrant workers will be able to afford to pay such outrageous deposits before they can be hospitalised and receive required
healthcare.
Migrant workers come to work in Malaysia because employers in Malaysia require workers, and the Malaysian government wants them to come. Migrant workers, usually coming
from poorer countries, come here to earn monies for themselves
and their families/dependents back home.
The imposition of different laws and conditions on different classes of workers also is a great hurdle in the organizing, forming
and strengthening of trade unions in Malaysia. Both local and
migrant workers are members of one and the same union, and
as such policies and laws that creates particular problems to
specific classes of workers can also be perceived as union
busting with the objective of weakening unions. Unions cannot
justify why fellow union member, has to pay so much more to
get healthcare just because he comes from a different country.
For unions, workers are workers, and they all have to be treated
equally irrespective of religion, ethnicity, gender or nationality.
MTUC urges that the government to immediately exempt all migrant workers from having to pay foreigner rates for
usage of public facilities and services of healthcare in Malaysia.
Migrant workers, just like local workers should be paying the
same rates.
MTUC PS 16 Feb 2015 - for more info at www.mtuc.org.my

Wisma MTUC 10-5, Jalan USJ 9/5T, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-80242953 Fax:03-80243225
website : www.mtuc.org.my; email:mtucgeneral @gmail.com / disediakan oleh: Sdri.R.Rajeswari, Setiausaha Penyelidikan
disahkan dan disemak : Sdra. N. Gopal Kishnam Setiausaha Agung.
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