Unhappy with Kula on his performance as HR Minister, MTUC now supports DS Saravanan

Unhappy with Kula on his performance as HR Minister, MTUC now supports DS Saravanan

PETALING JAYA, March 10: After trading punches with the former human resources minister, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today pledged full cooperation to new minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan, stating he has experience working in the government.

MTUC secretary-general J Solomon listed several reasons their relationship with former minister M Kula Segaran had gone downhill.

In a statement, he said it was crucial for Saravanan to know that the relationship between MTUC and Kula had “hit rock bottom” towards the last few months of his tenure.

He claimed Kula had bulldozed the Industrial Relations Act (IRA) amendments without consulting the stakeholders and had failed to respect the role of the tripartite partners.

“He failed to consult the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) where the MTUC and the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) are represented,” Solomon said in a statement.

“One of MTUC’s first requests to the new government is to repeal or send back the IRA amendments for a review as they are poised to weaken unionism in Malaysia.

“We hope Saravanan starts looking after the needs of workers and their families immediately.”

Solomon also asked Saravanan to understand and deal with the tough times being faced by workers and the looming possibility of more job losses and retrenchments.

He said MTUC was banking on Saravanan to ensure the rights of workers and unions were upheld always.

“We need someone who can empathise with the plight of the downtrodden workers who are struggling to make ends meet and bridge the widening income equality,” he said.

Solomon said the monthly family cost of living allowance (COLA) in the civil service should be extended to all private sector workers in the B40 and M40 group to lessen the financial burden of workers and ensure job security.

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  • Ranjeet Kaur

    The Human Resource Ministry must amend the rights of Malaysians working in International companies . The labour law which protect Malaysians right is weak too. Look at Norway , UK and other countries. Foreign companies cannot lay off workers without a good sustainable package and they cannot just pack and go. Its bad for the country.

    The HRM must look at the employee policies in every company whether big or small. The right of Malaysian s must be maintained.

    Not sit and write a book or give speeches. We have no time for that.

    We want to be looked after and our rights managed..

    The HRM has to wake up. People losing jobs is so easy for companies today because of you. Even if the pay compensation, it’s very little because HRM is not monitoring. All I can say now is Wake up, meet with people who have lost jobs , conduct surveys, implement immediately. Tq

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