If you do not have regular employment until retirement, what happens? If you are on 'short-term employment contracts'. what happens when you get older, get pregnant - will anyone employ you then? If you have only one skill, rubber tapping for instance - will you be able to get any other employment? What about wage increments as you grow older... would 'short-term employment contracts' take that into consideration? ...anyway, here is a story of plantation workers fighting for their rights..
Kerja tetap sehingga persaraan - itulah yang diperlukan oleh pekerja bukan kerja 'kontrak' jangka pendek - yang tidak ada jaminan kerja apabila tempoh kontrak tamat.
Perhubungan kerja dengan majikan tuan punya ladang atau kilang - bukan 'outsourcing' di mana mereka kerja di kilang dan ladang tetapi tidak menjadi pekerja-employee kilang atau ladang - tetapi pekerja-employee pihak ketiga - 'contractor for labour'..
Pekerja ladang piket untuk hak mereka tetapi di mana kerajaan? Kerajaan bertanggungjawab untuk memastikan hak dan kebajikan semua pekerja dan keluarga mereka. Kerajaan tidak ada - kerana kerajaan kini tidak lagi prihatin kepada pekerja, dan polisi mereka yang telah menghancurkan hak pekerja untuk kerja tetap, hak untuk mempunyai perhubungan kerja terus dengan majikan tuan punya kilang atau ladang...
Ex-tappers' picket over unkept promises
No place to go, say estate families
They have urged the Human Resources Ministry to intervene to resolve their problem.
Otherwise, they say they would end up camping by the roadside as they have nowhere to go.
The affected families said they were shocked when the estate management issued the notice on Dec 1, which ordered them to vacate the estate quarters within 14 days.
They claimed the management had brought in more than 35 foreign workers to replace them and denied locals' right to continue to work in the estate.
The families have been jobless since July 31, after the estate management terminated their services. They were paid between RM5,000 and RM15,000 as compensation.
“We have no place to go now as the families have been staying in the estate for generations. We also have no other skills other than working in the estate," said M. Saravanan, 40.
“Who is going to employ us without any skills? Our future and our children’s future are at stake — we hope the government will help.”
He said an officer from the ministry had met them and the management more than a month ago to resolve the matter.
However, they have yet to be informed of the decision taken.
The management claimed the workers' services were not needed as the rubber processing plant is being closed down and the rubber trees will be chopped down.
Malaysia Makkal Sakti party president Datuk R.S. Thanenthiran and National Union of Plantation Workers (NUPW) Kedah chairman K. Ganesan and its secretary I. Santhanadas visited the workers yesterday.
"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had said every Malaysian gets a job, a house and a decent living in Malaysia, however, actions of some private firms deter the government in implementing its policies," said Thanenthiran.
He said he had obtained an appointment with PM’s personal secretary to hand over the memorandum to resolve the workers problem.
He also asked Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam to look into the matter.
Santhanadas said the management is trying to avoid the government’s rule to implement the RM900 basic salary for the estate workers.
“The management could only bring in foreign workers if no locals are available, but in this case the management had terminated the locals and engaged foreigners. We want the government to act upon the management,” he said.
Attempts to contact the management for comments failed.- Malay Mail, 6/12/2012, No place to go, say estate families