Live report: MTUC launches nationwide picket
Source: Komunitikini (http://komunitikini.com/news/live-report-mtuc-launches-nationwide-picket)
The implications of this are that workers will not have job security as they would be under the contractor’s payroll and not be under the main employer; and, there will also be discrimination in the workplace as not all workers will enjoy the same wages, benefits and rights despite doing the same work.
The MTUC contends that the proposed amendment will also remove the obligations and duties of employers towards their workers; and, that labour suppliers are allowed to gain commission from the wages of workers.
530PM Petaling Jaya: The group in PJ was led by MTUC secretary-general Abdul Halim who estimated that the number of participants in the picket nationwide comes close to 10,000.
525PM Kota Kinabalu: The MTUC picket begins! Catherine Jikunan from MTUC Sabah division reports that “we are about to begin our picket but the police OCPD are trying to stop us from conducting the picket.”
534PM Kota Kinabalu: OCPD ACP Ahmad Sofi ariving to Tang Dynasty Hotel – there are approximately 30-40 people present.
537PM Johor Bahru: About 150 protesters from 27 unions are picketing at Kampung Pasir along the Skudai highway. An equal number of police personnel is present. The picket is headed by the Johor MTUC chairman, Tan Eng Hong, who is also the president of NUBE (National Union of Banking Employees). The are protesting against two amendments to the Employment Act, relating to overtime payment and allowing companies to outsource labour from third parties rather than employing them directly.
545PM Johor Bahru: Protesters are being advised to move to an inner road to continue their picket for safety reasons. More people are joining the picket after rushing from their places of work. Tan says the union expects more than 300 people to join the picket.
556PM Kota Kinabalu: 20 trade union members who came to picket carrying banners and placards are given 10 minutes to disperse by the Kota Kinabalu OCPD. All picketers are asked for their IC numbers.
600PM Seberang Perai: The picket went on for about 90 minutes but at 6pm, police intervened and asked the MTUC leaders to disperse the crowd, which they refused. Veeriah said he had told the “boss” that the picket would continue until 6.30pm and that the police should not “harass” the workers before that to end the event.
602PM Kota Kinabalu: Five protesters are arrested and brought to the Karamunsing police station but they were released soon after the union officials intervened.
629PM Kota Bharu: No one turned for the MTUC picket.
630PM Petaling Jaya: More than 300 union members were present at Jalan Barat (opposite PJ Hilton). Picket ended without any untoward incident. Police were present to ensure safety and to control traffic.
630PM Seberang Perai: No untoward incident took place during the event, and 6.30pm, the crowd dutifully dispersed.