Sunday, April 05, 2020

51 staff, labour teams want Covid-19 recognised as occupational sickness underneath Malaysian legislation | Malaysia(gotechdaily)

51 staff, labour teams want Covid-19 recognised as occupational sickness underneath Malaysian legislation | Malaysia

51 workers, labour groups want Covid-19 recognised as occupational disease under Malaysian law | Malaysia
A gentleman is seen donning a experience mask throughout the movement handle purchase in Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2020. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2 — A group representing 51 distinctive unions and societies advocating the rights of personnel and labourers are calling on the federal government to recognise Covid-19 as an occupational ailment to allow general public guidance in the event of an infection or worse.

The team, represented by regional spokesperson Charles Hector, pressured the need to have to amend rules under the Occupational Basic safety and Overall health Act 1994 and which would allow those impacted by Covid-19 to be entitled to social defense advantages as considered fit by the govt.

“We simply call on Malaysia and all businesses to ensure that occupational safety and health of all workers are always prioritised and shielded,” browse a assertion issued currently.

It also pushed for legislation persuasive companies to provide secure doing work environments for their employees, stating it need to especially implement to individuals functioning in critical expert services and personnel who are pressured to remain at delivered accommodation not knowing if their housemates are contaminated.

The assertion exemplified incidents exactly where migrant employees contracted tuberculosis from their housemates supposedly soon after staying compelled to remain at an accommodation delivered by their employers.

“While the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the inadequacies in occupational safety and well being legal guidelines, and also social stability regulations for employees, it is time to cure these failings. 

“Therefore we simply call on Malaysia to straight away make Covid-19 an occupational sickness, especially if it is contracted at the place of work, on journey to and from operate, and in worker accommodations furnished by the employer.

“We simply call on Malaysia to amend all applicable worker social stability regulation, to assure correct just remedy to workers, their households and, or, dependents specially in the party of demise, or incapacity impacting potential potential to get the job done and, or, make an revenue,” study the assertion.

The group also known as on the authorities to assure employers are lawfully bound to present a safe ecosystem, which includes basic safety from infection by using human to human make contact with at the place of work for health conditions like Covid-19.

Between the noteworthy inclusions among the team of 51 signatories are the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), WH4C(Workers Hub For Alter), MTUC Sarawak, the PKNS Union, Countrywide Union of Flight Attendants (NUFAM).

Also amid the signatories have been international societies, namely the Making and Wooden Staff Intercontinental (BWI) Asia Pacific Region, Myanmar’s Association of Human Legal rights and Defenders and Promoters, Pakistan’s Marvi Rural Progress Group (MRDO), Asosasyon ng mga Makabayang Manggagawang Pilipino Abroad in Malaysia (AMMPO-SENTRO), the European Rohingya Council, and the Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia (NAMM). - gotechdaily, 2/4/2020


Make Covid-19 an occupational disease under law for social protection — 51 groups(Malay Mail)

Groups call for Covid-19 to be declared an occupational disease to better protect workers (Star)


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