‘Fast-track bill for re­trenched work­ers’

New Straits Times - - News -

PARTI Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) has urged the gov­ern­ment to fast-track the Em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance Scheme (EIS) bill in or­der to pro­tect re­trenched em­ploy­ees.

The bill was tabled for its first read­ing in the De­wan Rakyat by Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem on Tues­day.

PSM said while the party com­mended the min­istry’s ef­fort in tabling the bill, it ex­pressed con­cern that more em­ploy­ees in the pri­vate sec­tor would be fac­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems if the bill was not im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately.

“Two weeks ago, a com­pany shut down its fac­tory in Malaysia.

“This caused 237 em­ploy­ees to lose their jobs. So, what kind of pro­tec­tion do they have while search­ing for a new job? But with EIS, it could bring hope to them.”

Led by its cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber Dr Michael Jeyaku­mar, PSM sent a me­moran­dum to Richard on the mat­ter yes­ter­day.

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