Section 9(3) Industrial Relations Act 1967 states that, ‘…An employer or a trade union of employers upon whom a claim for recognition has been served shall, within twenty-one days after the service of the claim- (a) accord recognition; or (b) if recognition is not accorded, notify the trade union of workmen concerned in writing the grounds for not according recognition…’But, MAB kept silent - hencing forcing NUFAM to take the next step in bringing up the matter to the DGIR. The Malaysian government and the DGIR was thus questioned for the delay. See also Joint Statement issued on 19/11/2015:- 67 Groups :- Government-Owned MAB, the new Malaysian Airlines Operator, Must Recognize Unions and Not Deny Freedom of Association.
The 3rd claim for recognition was submitted to RENESAS on 8/10/2010, and this time using the National Courier Poslaju. After receipt of the UNION’s letter, RENESAS send it back to Poslaju asking that the letter be returned to the UNION. Poslaju provided a letter confirming this. RENESAS could not deny receipt this time, and rightfully the DGIR should have done the needful which was to the conduct of a ‘secret ballot’. But, there was inaction on the part of the DGIR for many months despite repeated demands by the UNION, and finally on 12/8/2011, the UNION had a picket in front of the Ministry of Human Resources. The DGIR then informed the UNION that the said relevant documents had been misplaced, and the blame was put on the Deputy DGIR responsible, who allegedly has since then been removed from that position. The DGIR then asked the Union to submit yet another claim for recognition. - Joint Statement finally supported by 87 groups dated 4/4/2013 'RENESAS MUST IMMEDIATELY ACCORD RECOGNITION TO THE UNION AND REINSTATE WAN NOORULAZHAR' [Now, this statement was sent to the Prime Minister and also the Minister of Human Resources vide letter, and there was no denial or reply]
In 2014, there were 735 trade unions but in 2015, there are just 723 trade unions ...And, if we just look at the private sector trade unions, there were 485 in 2014, and 475 in 2015
In 2014, union members was 930,512 but in 2015, that number had declined to 923,938