Putrajaya hiding truth about foreign worker recruitment, says MTUC

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) says Putrajaya’s recent U-turn on the hiring of 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers shows that it is not telling the whole truth. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 22, 2016.

Putrajaya’s recent statement that Malaysia would not take in all 1.5 million Bangladeshi workers proved it was not telling the whole truth on the issue, the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) said today.

“The only question came to our mind was why the sudden U-turn in the government’s stand.

“The latest statement clearly shows that government is not telling the true picture about recruitment of foreign workers,” the trade union federation said in a statement.

MTUC was referring to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot’s statement that the 1.5 million figure was the number of workers registered with Bangladesh authorities to be sent to different countries. Read more

Mampukah AEC bawa kemakmuran masyarakat serantau, atau berasaskan keuntungan?

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Komuniti Ekonomi Asean pada dasarnya mahu menjadikan rantau ini sebagai satu blok ekonomi tanpa sempadan sama seperti Kesatuan Eropah tetapi tanpa mata wang sendiri dengan frasa rasminya ialah "Satu Visi, Satu Identiti, Satu Komuniti".

Komuniti Ekonomi Asean pada dasarnya mahu menjadikan rantau ini sebagai satu blok ekonomi tanpa sempadan sama seperti Kesatuan Eropah tetapi tanpa mata wang sendiri dengan frasa rasminya ialah “Satu Visi, Satu Identiti, Satu Komuniti”.

Jerebu yang terus menerus melanda rantau Asean adalah simbol dan ujian sama ada Komuniti Ekonomi Asean (AEC) mampu melunaskan janji membawa kemakmuran kepada 625 juta rakyatnya.

Contoh jerebu digunakan Jerald Joseph, seorang pemimpin masyarakat sivil Malaysia, ketika bercakap tentang bagaimana perasaan Forum Rakyat Asean (APF) tentang AEC.

Joseph merupakan penganjur bersama sidang kemuncak APF 2015 di Malaysia April lalu, yang dihadiri pertubuhan masyarakat sivil terbesar Asean.

Ia merupakan simbol kerana jerebu adalah produk sampingan daripada apa AEC mahu lakukan tetapi pada skala lebih besar – untuk memberikan kebebasan perniagaan Asean dan kemudahan membuka kedai di mana-mana 10 negara anggota bagi mengambil kesempatan daripada buruh murah dan sumber yang belum diterokai. Read more

MTUC doubts TPPA can protect workers’ rights

Source: The Malaysian Insider

“TPPA: Malaysia Is Not For Sale” books sits on display during its launching at the Karangkraf Complex in Shah Alam on July 11, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has met strong opposition in Malaysia. Malaysian Trades Union Congress says a provision under TPPA on removing restrictions on unions would not make much difference to workers’ rights. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 6, 2015.

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has expressed doubt that worker related issues will be resolved even if Putrajaya amend labour laws as required under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Its secretary-general N. Gopal Kishnam said employers were the stumbling block to setting up unions in workplaces.

“It is easy to register unions but difficult to obtain recognition from employers to enter into collective bargaining,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Gopal was responding to the TPPA summary text released yesterday, which revealed that long-standing restrictions on unions and strikes must be removed.

He said Putrajaya had yet to ratify the International Labour Orgaisation (ILO) Convention 87 on Freedom of Association.

“This convention paves the way for workers to set up unions to protect their rights and enter into collective bargaining,” he said. Read more