Joint Press Statement by 55 trade unions and NGOs on 9 March 2019 in Petaling Jaya
We, the undersigned trade unions, migrant worker organisations and NGOs, call upon the federal government to accept our 46 recommendations on amending the Employment Act 1955. There are 7 key demands :
1) Employment Act for the Whole Malaysia and protect right to work
The Employment Act should cover peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. It should cover all local and migrant workers, protects foreign spouses of Malaysians and refugees’ right to work. The salary cap should be removed.
2) 40 Hour of Work
The Employment Act must adhere to international standards and reduce the length of the working week from 48 hours to 40 hours (5-day work)
3) 98 days maternity leave
An employer has an obligation to ensure mothers and children get the best start in life.
4) Permanent Employment for permanent job tasks
The growth of contract works is an attack on the job security of working people.
5) No discrimination
Employer should not discriminate against a job seeker or worker on the grounds of gender, religion, race, language, disability, trade union, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or citizenship.
6) Stop sexual harassment
All written code of conduct including code of conduct on sexual harassment should be fully enforced to curb sexual harassment.
7) Protect migrant workers from exploitation
The government should protect migrant workers’ right to enjoy equal benefits stipulated in labour laws, for example to join union and seek redress, their passports should not be confiscated by employers.
We urge the Minister of Human Resources YB M. Kulasegaran to make public the Employment Act amendments as soon as possible before tabling in the parliament in April 2019.
Our full proposal has been sent to the Ministry of Human Resources on 9 January 2019, but yet we neither receive any response from the ministerial officials nor invitation to deliberate our recommendations.
This is definitely contradicted with the early statement by YB M. Kulasegaran that the ministry would consult stakeholders on the amendment of the Employment Act.
We wish to remind the Minister that with the endorsement of 53 worker organisations across the country and at least 4 consultation meetings with grass root workers, our proposal has a strong mandate that ought to be viewed seriously by the government.
We hereby launch our nation-wide decent work campaign, aiming to lobby policy makers to accept our recommendations and to create public awareness about right to work, social dialogue, social protection and employment security.
Since the May 2018 change of Government in Malaysia, trade unions and labour NGOs have been working together (under the name the “Decent Work Working Group”) to develop a collective package of proposed legal reforms that would bring Malaysian labour law into compliance with the ILO core standards and the decent work framework.
Endorsed by :
Malaysian Trade Unions
- Amalgamated Union of Employees in Government Clerical
and Allied Services (AUEGCAS)
- Association of Bank Officers Peninsular Malaysia (ABOM)
- Beverage Industry Executive Staff Union
- Electronic Industry Employees Union Eastern Region
- Electronic Industry Employees Union Northern Region
- Electronic Industry Employees Union Southern Region
- Electronic Industry Employees Union Western Region
- Electrical Industry Workers’ Union
- Food Industry Employees’ Union
- Genting Malaysia Bhd Executive Union
- Insurance Industry Employees Union
- Kesatuan Kakitangan Petroliam Nasional Berhad (KAPENAS)
- Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Amanah Ikthiar
- Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Dipsol (M) Sdn Bhd
- Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Perindustrian
- Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Perkilangan Perusahaan Makanan
- Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Perusahaan Kumpulan UMW
- Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Southern Waste
- Kesatuan Penyelia-Penyelia Projek Lebuhraya Usahasama Bhd
- Kesatuan Pencantuman Pekerja
- Malayan Nurses Union
- Malaysian Rubber Board Staff Union
- Metal Industry Employees Union (MIEU)
- National Union of Commercial Workers
- National Union of Petroleum, Chemical Industries Workers
- National Union of Seafarers Peninsular Malaysia(NUSPM)
- National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP)
- National Union of Telecommunication Employers (NUTE)
- National Union of Transport Equipment and Allied
Industries Workers (NUTEAIW)
- National Union workers in the Shoe Manufacturing Industries
- Paper & Paper Products Manufacturing Employees Union
- Penang Port Workers Union
- Printing industry employees union peninsular Malaysia
- Sabah Medical Services Union
- Timber Employees’ Union Peninsular Malaysia (TEUPM)
- Union of Employees of Port Anciliary Services Supplier
- Union of Employees of Construction Industry (UECI)
- Union of Employees in Private Medical Health Services
- Union of Employees in Trade Unions (UETU)
- Union of Pos Malaysia Clerical Workers (UPCW)
- University of Malaya General Staff Union (UMGSU)
- UNI – Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC)
Global Union Federations :
- Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI)
- IndustriALL Global Union Federation
Non-Governmental Organisations :
- Decent Work Working Group (DWWG)
- Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)
- Muglan-Migrants Advisor
- Non Resident Tharu Society
- North South Initiative (NSI)
- Pakistani Christian Refugee Fellowship (PCRF)
- Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
- Foreign Spouses Support Group Malaysia (FSSG)
- Women’s Aide Organisation (WAO)