Wednesday, January 12, 2011

35 migrant workers arrested in Senai, Johor when they try to claim their rights from employer

I have just receive information that 35 Burmese Migrant Workers were arrested because they tried to claim their rights as workers from their employer. There was no strike or protest - but the police came and arrested all the workers. At the time of writing, I have been informed that all the workers have been released,. except 5 workers who we believe are the leaders. The police say that they will be held overnight, and it seems that the employer may be trying to send the 5 back to Burma tommorrow.

Name of Company: Sinometal Sdn Bhd, Lot 73, Kawasan perindustrian Senai, Johor Bahur, Malaysia (this is the name given). I did a search on the net, and believe that maybe the correct name of the company is Sinometal Punching Technology Sdn Bhd, Plo 73 Kawasan Perindustrian Senai Phase 3 Jalan Cyber 5, Senai 81400, Johor. P: 607-5982212  F: 607-5983212

These migrant workers arrived in Malaysia to work about 2 months ago. According to the agreement, they to get monthly wages of about RM900-00, which would mean 3 hour overtime work per day. Since, they arrived, they have only received about RM640, and no overtime. The complaint to the manager and the employer but they refused to do anything.

Employer complained to the police, alleging that the workers are trying to protest, and the police came at about 10.30am, and arrested the 35 workers from their hostel and took them to the Senai Police Station.

By about 6.45 pm, 30 workers were released but when they returned to their hostel, they were locked out by their employer, and they had to stay by the roadside. Apparently some of the workers may have gone back to the police to complain.

This is a labour dispute between workers and their employers, and the police should never have interfered. Not only did the police interfere, but they also proceeded to arrest these 35 workers from their hostel....and this is so wrong. I am really curious as to what the offence is... I do hope the Johor Legal Aid would step in to help.

What you can do:-
1-  Disseminate this information.
2- Call the police and ask for the immediate release of the 5 workers still being detained.
3-  Write a protest note to the company
4- Urge the Minister of Human Resources and the Labour Department to intervene and resolve this employer-worker dispute.

More updates will follow.....

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