Sunday, July 28, 2013

MTUC picket protesting denial of the right to retire at 60 becos the Minister exempted 250 over companies from following the law

MTUC had a picket and handed over a memorandum about the denial of the right to enjoy the new retirement ages to some workers as the Malaysian government has granted exemption to some 250 companies - that means the workers in these companies who will retire at 50 or 55 from now until the end of this year will be forced to retire - not being able to enjoy the new retirement age of 60 fixed by law. 


Only about 50 worker leaders and workers were present at this peaceful picket held at the Human Resource Ministry on 23/7/2013 - but alas no media, mainstream or alternative, reported this event.

A memorandum was handed over to the Minister of Human Resources [But I could not get a copy of the Memorandum even from the MTUC website - it would have been good to see this Memorandum, especially the demands made by the MTUC]

See earlier post:-

Malaysia denies senior workers in about 200 companies the right to Minimum Retirement age of 60


Minimum mandatory retirement age: MTUC unhappy with exemptions

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is unhappy that exemptions are being given to hundreds of employers on implementing the minimum mandatory retirement age of 60.

Its secretary-general Abdul Halim Mansor said this would have adverse implications on workers, among them employees would be employed as contract workers, lose Socso protection, see their Employees Provident Fund contributions drop to 60 per cent and forego many other perks.

"MTUC objects to the decision of the the Human Resources Minister (Datuk Richard Riot) to give exemptions on implementing the minimum retirement age to 258 companies which applied for the waiver under Section 18 of the Minimum Retirement Age Act 2012.

"The minister's statement that this was agreed to by the Tripartite Body (Unions, Government and Employers) is not true based on the minutes of the meeting which the MTUC has," he said in a statement here today.

He also expressed disappointment that the exemption was also given to giants like BASF, Petronas and the Boustead Group.

The Act came into effect on July 1. -- BERNAMA




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