BUT if the worker, who has just lost his source of income, has to further pay Union officials RM5k-RM10k(maybe even more), something is very very wrong.
This money collected from the 'victimized workers' pay also do not go back to the Unions - but end up in their own pockets. They exploit the people they are supposed to be fighting for?
Such 'Unionist' must be rejected by workers - their actions may also be 'union busting' - creating a dis-interest amongst workers to join unions.
In a recent meeting at the Ministry of Human Resources, one of the officers commented that the one thing that Unions and Employer bodies can agree upon was for not enlarging the right of representation at labour departments and tribunals. Now, in many of these forums, when it comes to workers the right of representation is restricted to the worker themself and their unions. The suggestion by the said person was that this 'selfish positioning' was primarily secure their personal sources of income...
In fact, given the number of workers and many of them are poor low-incomed workers, these right of representation can and should be extended to others, so that workers will have more choices of people who can represent them, which could include lawyers(including legal aid lawyers), retired labour officers, unionists and others.
What are Unions? Well, if ordinary workers begin to feel that Unions and their leaders are just another group that are taking advantage of them - just interested in workers for the 'money' they can get from workers - there is a problem. When Unionist charge workers money for fighting worker cases, this may be perspective of workers...
UNIONs are for bringing workers together so that workers in solidarity and together can fight and struggle against injustice, for better rights, for better working conditions... TOGETHER will workers fight...remember the slogan....'workers united will never be defeated'
The hope is that the few Unionist out there who are abusing their position for their personal enrichment by charging workers to defend worker rights will change their ways - alternatively, workers will 'wise up' and reject these unionist. There are times where Unionist, may have to fight for workers in tribunals and courts - but do this without asking for payment for personal enrichment.
A perusal of the reported Industrial Court cases will see that most of the workers who have taken up wrongful dismissal cases are the more 'well off' workers - the poorer workers just maybe could not afford to fight, and this is sad and so unjust.