Saturday, April 05, 2014

60,000 workers in government schools are still not receiving minimum page? This is shameful

All workers in Malaysia was finally supposed to be earning minimum wages from 1 January 2014 - and now MTUC reveals that 60,000 workers working in government schools are still not being paid minimum wages... 

All workers in Malaysia was supposed to be paid minimum wages on 1 January 2013, and employers with 5 or less workers were required to pay by 1 July 2013....BUT then there were exemptions given to various categories of employers...and workers suffered....1 January 2014 was the final deadline for employers - after that they had to pay minimum wages.. 

The government should really be the direct employer of all these workers working in government schools...and pay them all minimum wages immediately...

These contractors should all be penalized .... and black-listed - no more government contracts? 

But knowing this government, they would most probably give a 'further extension' and deny workers minimum wages...

04 April 2014| last updated at 02:01PM

60,000 contract workers yet to receive minimum wage - MTUC

PETALING JAYA: More than 60,000 contract workers in schools nationwide have yet to receive minimum wages, said Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president, Mohd Khalid Atan.

These workers, who included cleaners, gardeners, security guards and traffic wardens, were still being paid old wages averaging between RM400 and RM600 per month, he told Bernama here today.  
He urged the Education Ministry to look into their plight urgently as they were facing great hardship due to the increasing cost of living.   
The minimum wages policy of RM900 per month for Peninsular Malaysia and RM800 per month for Sabah and Sarawak came into effect on Jan 1 2013, but was only fully implemented in January this year.   
Some employers were given an extension until April 1, however.  
Khalid said the Human Resources Ministry should intensify its enforcement efforts to ensure compliance.
He said MTUC was made to understand that the Ministry lacked sufficient enforcement officers to do so and if that was the case the union was willing to lend a hand. 
He suggested that MTUC’s divisional leaders could be roped in to assist in the enforcement exercise. -– BERNAMA - New Straits Times, 4/4/2014, 60,000 contract workers yet to receive minimum wage - MTUC

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