Malaysian Trade Union Congress(MTUC), the recognized body by the Malaysian government and the International Labour Organisation, representing all workers and trade unions in Malaysia had a protest at the Human Resource Ministry and the Home Ministry concerning the '1.5 million NEW Bangladeshi migrant workers that will be brought in over the next 3 years' according to an MOU signed by Malaysia and Bangladesh.
The group was earlier barred from entering the complex by the security official..."This is the first time we were barred from entering government premises. It is shameful because this is our right as citizens,"
Shamefully, the MTUC activist were stopped at the gate - They were not even allowed to reach the building that housed the relevant Ministries, let alone go directly to the Ministries. There were only about 50 MTUC representatives, as this was a working days and during working hours, and naturally numbers will be small.
The treatment of the MTUC indicates how badly Malaysian government treats local Malaysian workers, their unions and the MTUC(the legitimate representative of labour). If it were employer groups, chambers of commerce, manufacturers association, etc - would they also be treated in this way? I very much doubt it.
At present, there are about 2.1 million documented migrant workers, and a further over 6 million undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia. Many of these undocumented migrants came in as 'documented migrant workers' and later became undocumented - Malaysia has yet to tell us WHY this happened, or HOW MANY? This will certainly reveal much about Malaysia's working and living conditions that has caused this.
There are also many Malaysian workers out there who are without employment, and the number continues to increase with more retrenchments, VSS/MSS or such schemes where workers willingly agree to leave the employment - a fact questioned given that there are many of such workers that have subsequently filed claims for wrongful dismissal claiming reinstatement, factory closures, etc..
The influx of many workers from other countries, facilitated by the Malaysian government, has also effectively deterred the rise of wages, better rights and benefits and better working conditions - and this affects all Malaysian workers and migrant workers now in Malaysia. Of course, workers want higher wages and better working conditions - if not, it would not just be unjust but foolish to work in a poor working environment.
When it comes to this new '1.5 million NEW migrant workers from Bangladesh over the next 3 years', there are just too many questions...is it really to satisfy a manpower need? Or is it just for some other reasons...noting that the whole G2G(Government to Government) initiative was to reduce the 'cheating' and/or 'exploitation' of third parties involved in the recruitment process, and also to reduce recruitment cost - but suddenly now it has become a G2G Plus agreement - which now includes also recruitment agencies (who were earlier blamed for the problems the government wanted to resolve). We will discuss G2G at a later stage.
Something smells wrong, and as such MTUC's call for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry is valid. Our Malaysian labour policy needs to be clarified. Our policy about migrant workers also need to cleared up.
Local workers are ready to work - but alas, now we see no advertisement for workers at many workplaces. Many workplaces have also stopped hiring workers as employees - preferring rather to get workers from labour suppliers('contractor for labour')...so many issues...
The full statement of MTUC that was handed to the Ministries still not available on the MTUC Website, and when it is, I may post it in this Blog. Media pick and choose what they want to report, and we cannot get the complete demands of MTUC.
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Richard Riot - still Minister of Human Resources? Or now it is Zahid Hamidi? 1.5 million new Migrant Workers?
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“Bangladeshi workers were previously used as labourers in plantations, but it was now agreed that they could work in the services, farming, manufacturing and construction sectors. “What will this move do to locals who are semi-skilled and unskilled? MTUC feels that it is more appropriate and better if Malaysians are given training and pay in kind to absorb them into the semi-skilled workforce.
“Who are the workers doing semi-skilled and 3D (dirty, dangerous and difficult) jobs in Singapore?
“Even though the jobs are semi-skilled in nature, the pay is good, so Malaysians don't mind travelling across the Causeway for work.
“These are not just those holding professional positions, but those who are not highly educated and general workers,” it said.
MTUC also said the use of foreign labour incurred more costs for employers, who would have to pay levy, processing fees, training, travel expenses, among others others to bring in foreign workers.
It also expressed existing concerns that thousands of illegal foreigners were already working in the country without permits or valid papers.
“The government should be looking for a solution to this issue before they decide to bring in another 1.5 million foreigners.”
MTUC also said the country should be reducing its intake of foreign workers, as stated in the 11th Malaysia Plan – which was to reduce foreign workers to 15%, if Malaysia seriously wanted to be recognised as a high-income nation.
“With the present situation, we doubt this can be achieved. Until now, there are about 7 million foreign workers in the country and only 2.1 million are legal,” it said.
The union said the government should conduct detailed studies on matters concerning employment like terminations, unemployment and the market's demand for labour to enable the government to gradually cut down the intake of foreign workers.
“We should not rely on foreign labour because it will harm the local economy and have a negative impact on the people.
“Of late, we have been getting so many unhealthy reports of foreigners committing crime and other negative activities.
“This should be tackled for the collective good and well-being of everyone and the country.” – February 18, 2016 - Malaysian Insider
'3D' industry: Local workforce should be given appropriate training, salary - MTUC
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general N. Gopal Kishnam said these are among the steps that should be taken by the government.
“If the best policy is drafted, we believe that local employees are able to fill the demands of the 3D industries,” said Gopal Kishnam.
Although not allowed in, a representative of the ministry were present to accept the memorandum.
HENTIKAN PENGAMBILAN PEKERJA ASING
Sekian, terima kasih.
N. Gopal Kishnam
Source: MTUC Website