Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Workers: Industrial Courts (and IRD Office) should be all over Malaysia with easy access to workers..

There should be Industrial Courts all over Malaysia - in every State, and in the larger States, at different locations in the State so that it is easily accessible to every person - every worker. But, after 50 over years of independence, in Peninsular Malaysia, Industrial Courts are located in Kuala Lumpur (21), Penang(2), Johor(2) and Perak(1) only. There is one Industrial Court each in Sabah and Sarawak. Total number of Industrial Courts in Malaysia is 28.
How difficult is it for a worker to go so far to claim justice? Why? Should there not be industrial courts situated in every major towns?
What about industrial relations department - where worker wrongfully terminated need to complaint if they are claiming for reinstatement - i.e. their job back needs to lodge a report within 60 days of being wrongfully dismissed. This too is not even available in all major towns - not just State capitals. Workers do not money and resources to travel far just to lodge a complaint.

A pro-people...pro-worker government would make sure that there are IRD offices and Industrial Courts available all over Malaysia, where workers will not have to travel more than 100 KM to get there. Companies, on the other hand, are rich and they have resources - and hence to situate Industrial Courts only in KL for some worker in Kota Bahru...Kuala Trengganu...Kuantan...Muadzam Shah...Temerloh...Kuala Lipis... is just too burdensome for the ordinary worker...

Industrial Court of Malaysia,
Kuala Lumpur,
Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan,
50544 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel No : 03-9236 5000
Fax No : 03-2691 4228
Industrial Court of Malaysia,
Tingkat 10,
Menara Tabung Haji,
Jalan Air Molek,
80000 Johor Bahru.

Tel No : 07-2272534
Fax No :  07-2272536
Industrial Court of Malaysia ,
Tingkat 3, Bangunan Lembaga
Buruh Pelabuhan Pulau Pinang,
Pengkalan Weld,
10300 Pulau Pinang.

Tel No : 04-2632181
Fax No :  04-2627685 

Industrial Court of Malaysia,
Tingkat 3, Blok C,
Bangunan Persekutuan Ipoh,
Jalan Dato’ Seri Ahmad Said,
30450 Ipoh, Perak.

Tel No : 05-2437592
Fax No :  05-2437588
Industrial Court of Malaysia ,
Peti Surat 157,
Lot D2.1 – D.2.2,
Tingkat 2, Blok D,Bangunan Kwsp,
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Tel No :  088-259490
Faks No : 088-265823
Industrial Court of Malaysia ,
Tingkat 8, Bangunan Binamas,
Jalan Padungan,
93100 Kuching, Sarawak.

Tel No : 082-240101
Fax No : 082-251762
(a) By the Honourable Minister of Human Resourses
i) Section 20(3) Industrial Relations Act 1967 (Dismissal)
ii) Section 26(1) Industrial Relations Act 1967 (Trade Dispute)
iii) Section 26(2) Industrial Relations Act 1967 (Trade Dispute)
iv) Section 8(2A) Industrial Relations Act 1967 (Victimisation)

(b) Direct applications to the Industrial Court
i) Section 56(1) Industrial Relations Act 1967 (Non Compliance of Award/Collective Agreement)
ii) Section 33(1) Industrial Relations Act 1967 (Interpretation of Award/ Collective Agreement)
iii) Section 33(A) Industrial Relations Act 1967 (Points of law)
iv) Section 33(2) Industrial Relations Act 1967 (Variation of Award/Collective Agreement)
TYPES OF DISMISSAL 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Constructive 22 42 97 126 140 135
Misconduct 2144 2051 1200 878 613 608
Retrenchment 16 32 422 155 114 67
Others 0 0 402 573 328 479
TOTAL 2182 2125 2121 1732 1195 1289

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