Raise min­i­mum wage to RM1,500, says MTUC

New Straits Times - - News - J. SOLOMON

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has called for the min­i­mum wage to be raised.

It is ask­ing for it to be in­creased to RM1,500 from RM1,000 per month or RM4.81 per hour for Penin­su­lar Malaysia and RM920 per month or RM4.42 per hour for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

Its sec­re­tary gen­eral, J. Solomon, said all em­ploy­ers should pay a cost of liv­ing al­lowance (Cola) of RM300 for the Bot­tom 40 (B40) and those in the Mid­dle 40 (M40) groups.

“In­creas­ing min­i­mum wage and Cola will as­sist these groups in fac­ing the ris­ing cost of liv­ing.”

He urged the gov­ern­ment to draw up the guide­lines to en­sure em­ploy­ers would not re­place lo­cal work­ers with for­eign work­ers, and to de­ploy for­eign work­ers to fill up va­can­cies allowed in se­lected in­dus­tries.

Cases that had not seen the light of set­tle­ment at the In­dus­trial Re­la­tions De­part­ments, he said, must be re­ferred to the In­dus­trial Court.

“The cur­rent prac­tice of the Hu­man Re­sources Min­istry in de­ter­min­ing the ref­er­ence is an in­jus­tice to work­ers and work­ers unions, re­sult­ing in un­nec­es­sary util­i­sa­tion of work­ers and union funds for ju­di­cial re­view.”

He said the Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Fund should be ex­tended to all sec­tors and shall spell out pro­vi­sions for train­ing for all lev­els of work­ers, and not limited only to ex­ec­u­tives and top-man­age­ment lev­els.

“The Ed­u­ca­tion Act should in­tro­duce ba­sic Labour Laws and Rights in the school cur­ricu­lum so that stu­dents will un­der­stand the value of work when they en­ter the work­force.

“The Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund (EPF) Act must be amended to en­sure that work­ers’ monies in the EPF are not in­vested in en­ti­ties that ex­ploit work­ers and in­dulge in union-bust­ing,” he said, adding that EPF must de­clare a higher div­i­dend pay­out for last year.

In­creas­ing min­i­mum wage and Cola will as­sist these groups in fac­ing the ris­ing cost of liv­ing.

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