JOHOR BARU: A two-day protest by more than 5,000 foreigners at a factory workers' enclave, in Tebrau Industrial area here, turned violent Monday when a guard post was destroyed and stones and rubbish were hurled at bystanders.
The protesters, comprising workers mainly from Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh and India, even used fire extinguishers against bystanders and chased down a vehicle ferrying two health inspectors.
It is learnt a member of the public suffered a minor cut on his head after being hit by a stone thrown by the protestors.
The foreigners had, on Sunday, protested against the management of a factory, following the death of a Nepali worker.
On Monday, they demanded higher wages from the management and a mini-clinic to be built in the compound.
More than 200 policemen were deployed and managed to keep the situation under control, preventing any spillover.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaakob said the protestors dispersed about 5.50pm.
He added that the workers' representative would meet their agents as well as the factory's management on Tuesday to discuss problems faced by the workers.- Star, 16/8/2010, Foreign workers run riot at factory enclave
JOHOR BARU: The protest by foreign workers at the Tebrau industrial area is over. Police do not expect any further trouble.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaakob said the workers’ representative had met with their agents as well as the factory’s management yesterday and resolved the matter.
“The factory’s management has agreed to meet the workers’ demands, including increasing their wages,” he said.
He said all parties were satisfied with the outcome of the meeting and no more trouble was expected.
“I hope the workers will not stir up trouble and solve any problem in a non-violent manner,” he said.
The protest which took place at the workers quarters involved more than a thousand foreign factory workers who turned violent on Monday, destroying a guard post and pelting onlookers with stones and rubbish.
The workers – mainly from Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh and India – also turned fire extinguishers on bystanders and chased after a vehicle ferrying two health inspectors.
However, the 200 policemen deployed to the scene managed to prevent the fracas from spreading beyond the compound. - Star, 18/8/2010, Johor foreign workers’ protest now resolved
The protest also received recognition by ITUC - in their website
A three-day protest by more than 5,000 migrant workers over the death of a Nepali co-worker ended on 17 August following a four-point agreement between JCY SDB BHD Company, a computer parts manufacturer in Johor Baru, and the company’s workers. According to fellow Nepali workers, Karna Bahadur Gharti Magar of Rolpa died on 14 August due to a delay in getting treatment for a serious illness caused by company negligence. ...