Monday, October 20, 2014

MTUC harus menerima masuk NUFAM sebagai ahli - dan berjuang memastikan keadilan untuk semua pekerja MAS

MTUC telah sebelum ini menolak permohonan National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia(NUFAM) untuk menjadi ahli MTUC - harapan adalah bahawa MTUC segera menerima masuk NUFAM sebagai ahli khususnya di masa ini ahli NUFAM juga menghadapi risiko kehilangan kerja di MAS akibat apa yang sedang berlaku. 

Secara prinsip, MTUC harus pastikan semua kesatuan sekerja di Malaysia adalah ahli MTUC - kini kurang daripada 50% adalah ahli MTUC.

MTUC: Don't short-change workers

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has warned Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) and major shareholder Khazanah Nasional Bhd not to short-change the 6,000 airline employees who may be made redundant under its overhaul plan.

The MTUC, which is Malaysia’s biggest labour union, says it fears the worst for MAS employees who may Employees Union Peninsular Malaysia, National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia and the Malaysia Airlines Pilot Association.

“We see the restructuring plan by Khazanah for MAS is ‘not proper’ and it is still not transparent on the issue of the proposed MAS’ new legal entity (NewCo) or on how the government investment arm is planning on working out a mechanism for the retrenchment of MAS employees.

"We have seen in the past many employers coming up with various tactics in forcing employees to accept VSS (voluntary separation scheme) or MSS (mutual separation scheme) and we do not want to see MAS undertaking the same measures and ‘short-changing’ the workers,” Gopal Krishnam told The Malaysian Reserve.

Under the restructuring framework, the NewCo would only require an estimated workforce of 14,000 from the current 20,000, which is part of Khazanah’s attempt to take the loss-making carrier private, restructure and return it to profitability within three years.

Khazanah said it will invest in a Corporate Reskilling Centre to address the reskilling of up to 3,500 MAS staff who will not migrate to the NewCo.

However, the Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed recently criticised the restructuring proposed by Khazanah, saying the plan is not something new but in fact “rehashed” from a similar plan carried out by former MAS CEO Senator Datuk Seri Idris Jala.

He said the only difference is Khazanah now wants to enforce a law enactment to protect MAS, and pointed out the 2005 restructuring plan clearly did not help MAS come out of its financial distress.

Gopal Krishnam said the MTUC is concerned for MAS workers and their families, as the number of employees in MAS and their families that will be be affected by the exercise is expected to number around 100,000 based on rough estimation.

“The priority here is MAS and its survival. We do not want to see Khazanah’s restructuring process affecting the productivity and efficiency of the employees from this restructuring exercise,” he said.

Gopal Krishnam also denied that the airline’s inability to get into the black despite several attempts were due to union interference.

“I do not agree the unions hindered MAS’ previous turnaround plans and the current restructuring plan. The basic fact is that MAS management and stakeholders must not blame the workers for the carrier’s sustained losses.

“Business decisions and strategies are the sole responsibility of MAS senior management and board of directors and the workers are simply ‘scapegoats’ in all of these.”

Even as the unions deny their role in preventing MAS from going ahead with drastic plans, a CIMB Research analyst said MAS and the government may yet back down from their aggressive plan for the airlines.

“Already, we are beginning to hear noises from the unions, which will get only get louder over time. But the government appears determined to see restructuring through this time around,” the analyst said in a recent report.

Frost & Sullivan Malaysia country head Hazmi Yusof said it would be a good strategy if Khazanah’s restructuring exercise of MAS should somewhat benchmark Japan Airlines (JAL) by way of “retraining and relocating” workers into Khazanah’s other entities.

“Cutting 6,000 job is something unheard of in Malaysian history. Despite the inevitable situation at MAS, there is a high probable chance, other than VSS, for Khazanah to retrain and relocate them into other entities, something JAL did back in 2010,” he said.

In JAL’s case, it delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, cut the number of routes, reduced staff by a third, persuaded its unionised pilots and staff to take big pay cuts, while the airline retirees and employees agreed to more than US$11 billion (RM36.01 billion) in pay and pension cuts.

As a result, JAL’s results surged 17% in its operating profit margin and has positioned the carrier as one of the world’s most profitable airlines.

“This would be a workable strategy for Khazanah as it worked with JAL, apart from VSS exercise to cut staff,” Hazmi said. - Malaysian Reserve

Perjuangan menentang 'Union Busting' - 20 Oktober 2014 Workers Walk

Lebih 150 orang pekerja dan ahli union pada 20 Oktober 2014 pergi ke Malias Peguam dan SUHAKAM menuntut sokongan dan solidariti untuk perjuangan menentang 'Union Busting' dan untuk menghormati hak pekerja dan kesatuan di Malaysia. 

Seruan adalah kepada semua rakyat Malaysia untuk bersama dalam perjuangan ini - untuk membaca memorandum dalam Bahasa Englpish dan juga Bahasa Melayu, anda diminta ikut link ini:- Malaysian workers marched against Union Busting amd worker right violations in Malaysia

Di bawah ini liputan media massa yang diterima - adakah akbar besar juga prihatin kepada masalah dan derita pekerja?

Malaysiakini - BM

Kesatuan jalan kaki bantah isu cabul hak berpesatuan

Kira-kira 150 pekerja termasuk 20 pemimpin kesatuan pekerja hari ini berjalan kaki bagi menyerahkan memorandum membantah pencabulan hak berpesatuan.

Kumpulan ini bergerak daripada stesen Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) bermula jam 10 pagi dalam dua kumpulan secara berasingan menuju ke pejabat Majlis Peguam dan Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (Suhakam).

Mereka yang memakai baju berwarna hitam melaungkan "Hidup pekerja" dan "Hentikan pencabulan hak pekerja" dan ada di antara mereka menyanyikan lagu KTMB sambil memegang sepanduk "Jangan cabul hak kami".

Bagi kumpulan pertama, mereka menyerahkan memorandum di Majlis Peguam terlebih dahulu sebelum bertemu kumpulan kedua yang berkumpul depan pusat membeli belah Sogo bagi menyerahkan memorandum kepada Suhakam.

Antara wakil kesatuan sekerja yang terlibat dalam kempen itu ialah Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC), Kesatuan Pekerja Keretapi Tanah Melayu (RUM) dan Kesatuan Kebangsaan Pekerja-pekerja Bank (NUBE).

Hadir sama Setiausaha Eksekutif Kesatuan Kebangsaan Pekerja-pekerja Perusahaan Alat-alat Pengangkutan dan Sekutu, Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud.

Sementara, Presiden MTUC Khalid Atan yang mengetuai kumpulan pertama menyerahkan memorandum itu kepada Timbalan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Majlis Peguam Chan Oy Sim di pejabat Majlis itu.

Memorandum itu antara lain meminta Majlis Peguam dan Suhakam mendesak kerajaan menghentikan segala dakwaan pencabulan hak kesatuan pekerja dan memperkenal undang-undang yang lebih berkesan bagi menghalang majikan melakukan pencabulan hak berpesatuan di kalangan pekerja.

Mereka kemudiannya berjalan kaki menuju ke pusat membeli belah Sogo bagi menyerahkan memorandum kepada Suhakam bersama-sama dengan ahli kesatuan yang lain.

Sementara itu, kira-kira jam 12.00 tengahari, Khalid bersama Presiden RUM Abdul Razak Md Hassan dan beberapa wakil RUM dan Nufam menemui Pesuruhjaya Suhakam James Nayagam untuk menyerahkan memorandum dan mengadakan perbincangan selama 10 minit.

Sebelum itu, Abdul Razak berkata kempen berjalan kaki secara aman ini adalah kemuncak terhadap tindakan menamatkan perkhidmatan 41 pekerja KTMB kerana berpiket.

“Kita berjalan kaki hari ini untuk mengutuk pencabulan berpesatuan yang boleh menghancurkan kesatuan pekerja di negara ini”

“Pencabulan ini memberi kesan yang buruk kepada masa depan pekerja di negara ini,” katanya.

Sebelum ini, RUM mencabar presiden syarikat Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), Datuk Elias Kadir berdebat dengan pihak kesatuan bagi menjelaskan sebab pemecatan anggotanya dari syarikat tersebut.

Kira-kira jam 12.45 tengahari peserta yang menyertai perhimpunan itu bersurai secara aman.- Malaysiakini, 20/10/2014,
Kesatuan jalan kaki bantah isu cabul hak berpesatuan

Malaysian Insider

MTUC gesa henti ‘union busting’, serah memorandum kepada Suhakam

Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC) hari ini menyerahkan memorandum kepada Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (Suhakam) bagi menggesa majikan menghentikan segala bentuk penindasan "Union Busting" terhadap pekerja mereka.

Presiden MTUC Khalid Atan berkata, pihaknya mewakili pekerja yang tertindas mengharapkan campur tangan badan hak asasi manusia itu untuk membela nasib pekerja yang diberhentikan majikan tanpa sebarang alasan yang munasabah.

Kumpulan berkenaan mengadakan bantahan secara aman di perkarangan pejabat Suhakam dengan membawa plakad tertera perkataan "Hentikan Union Busting" sambil melaungkan "Henti Penindasan", "hidup, hidup pekerja", dan "hidup Suhakam".

"Kita hari ini di Suhakam, berbincang dengan pesuruhjaya atas tindakan majikan yang tidak bertanggungjawab, dan kita mahu Suhakam memberi pembelaan kepada pekerja yang dibuang tanpa sebarang alasan. "Mereka (Suhakam) mungkin akan anjurkan pertemuan antara majikan dan pekerja untuk membincangkan permasalahan ini," kata Khalid dalam ucapannya sejurus penyerahan memorandum kepada Anggota Pesuruhjaya Suhakam James Nayagam.

Sebelum itu, MTUC turut berarak ke pejabat Majlis Peguam untuk memorandum yang sama.

"Hari ini kita berhimpun membantah tindakan majikan membuang pekerja tanpa sebab munasabah.

"Pagi tadi kita serah memorandum kepada Majlis Peguam, dan mereka janji akan kaji aduan kita dan membawa perkara ini kepada pihak atasan," kata Khalid di depan lebih 50 peserta piket.

Program yang dikenali sebagai "MTUC Walk" itu bermula sekitar jam 9.30 pagi dengan peserta berhimpun di depan bangunan Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) sebelum bergerak ke pejabat Majlis Peguam.

Program berkenaan kemudiannya tamat sekitar jam 12 tengahari sejurus memorandum bantahan diserahkan kepada Suhakam.

"Union Busting merupakan satu trend yang semakin ketara di mana majikan memberhentikan, menamatkan, memecat, menggantung dan mengambil tindakan disiplin terhadap pemimpin kesatuan sekerja dan ahli serta pekerja yang terlibat dalam aktiviti kesatuan sekerja yang dianjurkan secara sah," kata memorandum mereka.

Selain itu, kumpulan berkenaan turut menyatakan contoh beberapa pemimpin kesatuan sekerja yang dikenakan tindakan oleh syarikat mereka.

Antaranya ialah Presiden Kesatuan Pekerja Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (RUM) Abdul Razak Md Hassan, Presiden Kesatuan Sekerja Pembantu Penerbangan Malaysia (Nufam) Ismail Nasaruddin dan Naib Presiden Kesatuan Sekerja Pekerja Bank (NUBE) Abdul Jalil Jalaludeen. – 20 Oktober, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/bahasa/article/mtuc-gesa-henti-union-busting-serah-memorandum-kepada-suhakam#sthash.av5EV7XJ.dpuf

NTV7 News
MTUC: PROBE COMPANIES' MISCONDUCT
20 Oct 2014, 06:09pm BY Sobana Damodaran



The Malaysian Trade Union Congress, MTUC has submitted a memorandum to the Bar Council and the Malaysian Human Rights Commission, SUHAKAM, over alleged mistreatment of union members by certain companies.

MTUC wants the two institutions to investigate complaints of misconduct levelled at several companies, including suppressing union members.

The memorandum was handed over during a peaceful gathering in front of the Bar Council and also at the SUHAKAM office.
 

About 150 members and leaders from various unions were present.

MTUC Secretary General, Gopal Krishnam said the unions understand the employers' needs, but they must not interfere with union's business unless they broke the law.

National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia, NUFAM former president Ismail Nasaruddin, who was recently sacked by Malaysia Airlines, said they wanted their rights to be protected.

According to the MTUC, more than 100 workers from several companies have been fired and suspended for trivial reasons.



- See more at: http://www.ntv7.com.my/7edition/local-en/MTUC_WANTS_COMPANIES_TO_STOP_SUPRESSING_UNION_WORKERS_1413799965.html#sthash.A72Hb8ib.dpuf

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Training for women trade union organisers in Asia




“Women Leading, Women Organising” – Training for women trade union organisers in Asia


APWLD invites applications for its “Women Leading, Women Organising” – Training for women trade union organisers in Asia
which will be held on 18- 21 December 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 17 October 2014, Friday.
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will convene the Asia Pacific Regional workshop “Women Leading, Women Organising” in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 18 to 21 December 2014. This participatory workshop will focus on enhancing the capacity, leadership and voice of women in trade unions across the Asia-Pacific region.
People can apply based on the following criteria:
• APWLD members as well as non-members from across Asia Pacific may apply.
• Women delegates, organisers, trade union leaders (both registered and un-registered, informal unions or associations are eligible)
• The workshop and learning material will be in English. Applicants who are not proficient in English may be considered where another participant can support translation. Trade unions may nominate two participants with one being an English speaker.
Cost of the Training and Sponsorship:
APWLD will cover costs of boarding and lodging for the 4-days training period. In addition, APWLD will also cover costs of discounted economy airfare, visa fee, airport tax, travel tax. Only selected candidates will be contacted for further details.
Procedure:
All applicants should submit a completed application form and send it along with their Curriculum Vitae.The recommending institution/organisation should certify that the person recommended has worked in or aspire to involve in leadership roles and decision making positions within the organisation and is committed to applying the core learning points of the training in her future work.

Deadline for Applications 17 October 2014


To apply via email, send your completed application form, together with your CV and endorsement letter from your organization to APWLD to the attention of: Wint Thiri Aung (Ms.) wint@apwld.org; and CC buai@apwld.org and apwld@apwld.org
For applications through email, please indicate in the subject line “Application for Regional Women Leadership in Trade Unions Training 2014”
Application must be lodged no later than Friday 17 October 2014.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

Friday, October 3, 2014

MTUC ada protes atau hantar memo mengenai pemecatan 40 ahli Union RUM oleh KTMB?

Ada protes pekerja di tengah Kuala Lumpur pada petang ini(3/10/2014, Jumaat) tapi jika dicari 'internet', gambaran yang diberikan seolah-olah tak ada apa-apa protes. 
 
Saya jumpa hanya satu lapuran, iaitu dalam Sinar Harian - itu pun tak ada gambar protes, yang sangat warna-warni, dengan bendera, dan banner(kain rentang) - media biasa dalam keadaan ini akan mengambil gambar dan akan keluar lapuran dengan satu dua gambar....tetapi?
Adakah terdapat pihak yang 'mengawal' media massa di Malaysia sehinggakan isu-isu pekerja dan Union tak dilapurkan media massa, TV, radio, dsb...Atau journalist dan media sendiri tidak menganggap isu pekerja dan kesatuan isu yang cukup serius untuk dilapurkan? Bukankah pemberita itu juga ada Union - NUJ? Takkkan tidak mahu tunjuk solidariti dengan pekerja lain....
Tapi media alternatif pun nampaknya tidak memberikan liputan? ...kecuali Malaysiakini dalam Edisi Melayu sahaja...
Adakah MTUC penganjur aktiviti ini gagal memberikan publisiti sewajarnya - pergi laman web MTUC sebelum acara ini, tak nampak apa-apa notis pun....

Adakah MTUC atau mereka yang dipertanggungjawab memaklumkan kepada pihak media mengenai penghantaran memorandum MTUC? 

Adakah MTUC menyediakan kenyataan media untuk diedarkan kepada pemberita yang hadhir....(dan memfakskan kepada media yang tak hadhir)... saya pergi ke laman web MTUC, tak ada apa pun mengenai apa yang berlaku petang Jumaat (3/10/2014)...
Satu lagi soalan penting - kenapa tak sambai beribu-ribu pekerja yang turun padang Jumaat ini... Adakah MTUC dan Union ahli MTUC tidak lagi mempunyai keupayaan membawa ahli mereka sendiri? Atau adakah pekerja di tahun 2014 hanya prihatin isu diri sendiri dan keluarga sahaja - tidak akan keluar menuntut keadilan untuk rakan pekerja yang lain? Tapi, bukankah untuk banyak isu yang lain ribuan turun padang walaupun ada bahaya water cannon, ditangkap polis, dituduh di Mahkamah, hilang kerja... 
Kita perlu menganalisa keadaan untuk sampai kepada sebab akar-umbi yang menyebabkan selalu sangat MTUC yang ahlinya ada lebih kurang 800,000 kerap tak berjaya menarik lebih banyak pekerja untuk aktiviti protes, penghantaran memo, dsb... 


4:21PM - 3 Oct 2014

MTUC desak KTMB ambil semula pekerja

Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC) hari ini mendesak Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) agar mengembalikan semula pekerjaan kakitangannya yang diberhentikan sebelum ini.

Memorandum itu dihantar ke pejabat KTM, petang ini.

Dianggarkan seramai 70 orang pemimpin kesatuan pekerja dan 100 orang pekerja KTM turut hadir bagi menghantar memorandum kepada Pengerusi KTMB, Datuk Ir Nawawi Ahmad.

Sebelum memorandum diserahkan, sebahagian daripada mereka yang hadir melaungkan "Hidup KTMB! Bangkit pekerja!"

Sebahagian yang lain memalu gendang berselang-seli dengan laungan tersebut.

Kenderaan yang lalu di jalan berhampiran stesen keretapi Kuala Lumpur itu turut membunyikan hon dipercayai tanda menyokong himpunan itu.

Polis turut kelihatan mengawal lalu lintas dan kawasan perkarangan KTMB sepanjang himpunan berlangsung.

Menurut Presiden Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Keretapi Tanah Melayu (RUM), Abdul Razak Md Hassan, sehingga hari ini seramai 40 orang pekerja KTMB dibuang kerja dan 16 orang lagi digantung kerja kerana meyertai piket pada 9 Mei lalu.

Timbalan Pengerusi MTUC, N Gopal Krishnan berkata mereka akan berpiket di hadapan Parlimen sekiranya tuntutan dalam memorandum itu gagal ditunaikan KTMB.

"Hari ini kita akan hantar memorandum, kalau kita tidak dapat respons yang baik kita akan ambil satu tindakan yang lain seperti kita akan pergi ke Parlimen"

"Jika tidak selesai juga kita akan pergi ke pejabat perdana menteri kerana KTM ialah satu syarikat GLC (berkaitan kerajaan) di bawah Kementerian Kewangan dan perdana menteri juga adalah menteri kewangan," katanya.

Tambah Gopal, mereka ada menghantar surat kepada perdana menteri dan menteri pengangkutan berkenaan hal ini namun belum menerima jawapan. - malaysiakini, 3/10/2014,
MTUC desak KTMB ambil semula pekerja

KTMB dituntut ambil semula pekerja dipecat

KUALA LUMPUR - Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC) hari ini menyerahkan memorandum kepada Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) supaya mengambil semula 40 pekerja KTMB yang dipecat baru-baru ini.

Setiausaha Agung MTUC, N.Gopal Krihsnam yang menyerahkan memorandum itu berkata, tindakan KTMB memecat pekerja mereka yang terlibat dalam piket pada Mei lepas adalah sesuatu yang tidak wajar.

Katanya, kesemua pekerja terlibat itu adalah anggota Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (RUM) dan tindakan itu dilihat sebagai mencabuli hak bersuara pekerja.

"Tindakan KTMB adalah satu kesalahan dan bertentangan dengan Perjanjian Bersama dan Akta Perhubungan Perusahaan (Akta 177) kerana telah mengambil

tindakan tatatertib terhadap pemimpin dan anggota kesatuan yang melakukan aktiviti kesatuan sekerja," katanya ketika ditemui pemberita selepas menyerahkan memorandum berkenaan.

Memorandum itu diserahkan kepada Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah KTMB, Datuk Ir Nawawi Ahmad di ibu pejabat KTMB di sini.

Pada 9 Mei lepas, kira-kira 700 pekerja KTMB berhimpun di hadapan ibu pejabat syarikat itu bagi menuntut perkhidmatan Presiden KTMB Datuk Elias Kadir ditamatkan.

Lanjutan dari piket berkenaan, 110 pekerja yang juga ahli RUM diberikan surat tunjuk sebab manakala 40 daripadanya termasuk Presiden RUM Abdul Razak Md Hassan dikenakan tindakan buang kerja dua minggu lepas.

"Kita percaya akan lebih ramai yang menerima surat tunjuk sebab akan menerima nasib yang sama," katanya.

Gopal Krishnam berkata jika pengurusan KTMB masih enggan melayan tuntutan mereka, MTUC akan menyerahkan memorandum yang sama kepada Perdana  Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak di bangunan Parlimen pada 7 Oktober ini. - Bernama



























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Thursday, October 2, 2014

STRIKE atau MOGOK dibenarkan undang-undang - haruskah Union mula mengunakan STRIKE sebagai cara menutut hak dan menentang ketidakadilan?

STRIKE atau Mogok adalah tindakan yang boleh digunakan Union dan pekerja di Malaysia untuk menuntut hak ... Berikut beberapa lapuran berita mengenai tindakan 'strike' - yang berlaku di United Kingdom, Australia, France dan Africa Selatan... di mana tuntutan untuk gaji yang lebih baik, menuntut mereka yang kerja kontrak dijadikan pekerja regular sehingga persaraan, menuntut hak untuk bersara secara optional pada umur 55 tahun dan terus menerima 60% gaji sehingga tarikh persaraan 60 tahun, .... 
 
Pekerja membersih tandas di Melbourne, Australia akan buat strike - membantah pengunaan pekerja yang dibekalkan oleh subcontractor (tidak mahu lagi pekerja di ambil melalui sistem 'contractor for labour' atau pekerja 'outsourcing'). Mereka juga membantah pengunaan pelajar sebagai pekerja sementara....
 
Siapa yang MOGOK? Juruterbang, pekerja Pos, pembawa ambulan dan pekerja sektor kesihatan, pekerja pembersih tandas, cikgu, dll...
 
Kalau pergi dan buat carian di internet, nyata bahawa pekerja di banyak negara termasuk negara membangun dan maju terus kerap mengadakan STRIKE sebagai cara perjuangan hak.... Di Malaysia, pun boleh diadakan strike tetapi malangnya Union dan pekerja sudah hampir tidak mengunakan STRIKE - kenapa? Adakah ini kerana hak pekerja dan Union tidak dinafikan? Atau... 
 
Secara sah, Union boleh mengambil tindakan strike - bukan MTUC. Mengadakan Mesyurat Agung Tergempar atau mesyurat ahli kesatuan membincangkan sama ada mahu MOGOK atau tidak juga tak kedengaran di Malaysia. Undi sulit mendapatkan sokongan majoriti ahli untuk MOGOK pun tak kedengaran... 
 
MOGOK boleh diadakan berasaskan undang-undang di Malaysia ... jadi mengapa Union di Malaysia tak pun mengugut akan buat STRIKE...atau mengambil langkah perlu saperti terkandung dalam undang-undang ke arah kemungkinan mengadakan MOGOK...
 
RISIKO memang ada ... tapi kini jika pemimpin Union mengeluarkan kenyataan pun dibuang kerja. Ahli Union yang menambil bahagian dalam piket secara aman pun kena buang kerja... Ahli Union yang pergi menghantar memorandum MTUC untuk mendapatkan komitmen mereka yang bertanding pilihanraya bahawa mereka akan berjuang untuk hak pekerja juga kena buang kerja... Bila pemimpin dan ahli Union kena buang kerja secara salah ini pun, kita tak lihat protes besar ahli-ahli union tersebut juga... Apakah yang sudah berlaku kepada pekerja dan Union di Malaysia... 
 
Taktik yang digunakan adalah membuat aduan - dan bila sampai kes tersebut di Mahkamah Perusahaan atau Mahkamah Buruh - tak nampak kehadiran ramai-ramai ahli memberi sokongan di Mahkamah pun...Mengapa?
 
Banyak runguttan kita lihat di kedai kopi, di FB, Whats App, dll - tetapi tak ada tindakan selepas itu. Bila G18 dibuang kerja dan mereka pergi ke Putrajaya untuk protes - yang hadhir hanya ahli kena buang dan keluarga mereka - mana di ahli-ahli Union lain - tak pun pergi menunjukkan solidariti ... wakil kepimpinan union berkenaan dan union lain yang  hadhir beberapa orang sahaja... 

Apa yang akan dilakukan pekerja dan Union di Malaysia akhirnya bergantung kepada keputusan mereka sendiri? Tetapi harus ditanya sama ada  tindakan yang diambil mungkin kerana sebab-sebab yang lain - sebab-sebab peribadi,.... Ini kena tanya?

Lufthansa pilots' 15-hour strike affects 9,000 travellers

FRANKFURT Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:14am BST

(Reuters) - Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) pilots threatened further strike action on Tuesday as they began a 15 hour walkout at Frankfurt airport in a row with management over retirement benefits that stretches back two years.

The pilots, represented by union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), are striking from 0600 (7 a.m. BST) to 2100 GMT (10 p.m. BST) on long-haul routes from Frankfurt, Europe's third-largest airport and Lufthansa's main hub.

The strike, affecting around 9,000 travellers, is the longest since a three-day nationwide walkout in April, and the union threatened more.
The pilots are trying to increase pressure on management to maintain a retirement scheme that gives pilots the option to retire from the age of 55 and still receive up to 60 percent of their pay until regular retirement.
 
- Reuters, 13/9/2014, Lufthansa pilots' 15-hour strike affects 9,000 travellers

 

Ambulance staff in GMB vote for strike

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Ambulance staff and other health workers in the GMB union have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay. 

In the ballot, 78% of members in England and Northern Ireland voted in favour of strike action. 

They will join other staff, including nurses, midwives and porters, in a four-hour walkout on 13 October.

Ministers have given NHS staff a 1% increase, but not for those who get automatic progression-in-the-job rises.

These are designed to reward professional development and are given to about half of staff and are worth 3% a year on average.

But the decision by ministers went against the recommendation of the independent pay review board, which had called for an across-the-board rise.

'Anger and frustration'
 
Brian Strutton, the GMB national secretary for public services, said: "Nobody in the NHS wants to go on strike, but the anger and frustration of the workforce with the cavalier treatment by government and employers towards them has spilled over into industrial unrest.

"GMB and the other trade unions on the staff side hope this programme of action will get some movement in this deadlock and we will plan further periods of action through the autumn and winter if it does not."

The GMB balloted 22,000 members in total, covering a range of jobs from ambulance crews to district nurses and cleaners.

The walkout will start at 07:00 and last for four hours. It will be followed by a period of working to rule.

The unions say urgent and emergency services will not be affected. Instead, they will target non-urgent care such as hospital outpatient appointments, routine surgery, patient transport and community clinics.

A total of 10 health unions have balloted members. Results from the biggest two - Unison and Unite - have already been announced. 

Both voted in favour of a strike, while Royal College of Midwives members are also taking action for the first time. All these unions balloted members in England only.

It is the first walkout over pay for 32 years. - BBC News, 1/10/2014, Ambulance staff in GMB vote for strike

Frustration mounts as Post Office strike continues

Workers are demanding a 15 percent salary hike and those with temporary contracts want permanent positions.

JOHANNESBURG - As the South African Post Office (Sapo) strike enters its second month,...Sapo has warned the strike is likely to drag on longer than expected because negotiations have reached a stalemate. Workers are demanding a 15 percent salary hike and those with temporary contracts want permanent positions. - EWN Eye Witness News, 1/10/2014, Frustration mounts as Post Office strike continues


Toilet cleaners' rolling strike may leave office workers short

Office workers may be forced to bring their own toilet paper to work, as cleaners at some of Melbourne's most prominent city buildings have vowed to stop cleaning toilets and replacing toilet paper until they get a pay rise.

About 400 cleaners who work for cleaning giant Consolidated Property Services - which provides cleaners for buildings including Freshwater Place, 101 Collins Street, the CBA building and Casseldon Place - began industrial action on Thursday after failing to reach an agreement with the company over better pay conditions....

The cleaners are also asking that Consolidated Property Services promise to avoid using subcontractors or exploiting international students by signing the "Clean Start" agreement. 

Ms Walsh said one major cleaning company, Glad, had committed to a 3 per cent pay rise for the next four years and ending subcontracting of international students as a source of cut-rate cleaners. 

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/toilet-cleaners-rolling-strike-may-leave-office-workers-short-20141002-10p27n.html#ixzz3Ey5lEhBM

Waukegan Teachers Prepare for Possible Strike

Reynoldsburg teachers strike continues with no resolution in sight

 

Air France strike finally ends after lasting 14 days



Friday, September 26, 2014

NUFAM Media Statement - 25/9/2014



25 Sep 2014

PRESS STATEMENT.


MAS airline continues to sack their crew members without justice as this will be the fastest way to save cost on the company

2 senior Female crew and a Senior Male Flight Flight Attendant was recently terminated‎ without proper hearing. The manner these crew members were fired is very unbelievable. 

The National Union have been receiving too many reports in regards to crew members being terminated without notice and this injustice continues to remain very apparent as it fell on the deaf ears of the authorities too.

Who does MAS think they are? They acted above the law and could not careless on people's feelings. 

They fire Union leaders and crew members over trade disputes which they themselves fail to adhere. 

Worstly, they terminate employees on issues which does not make sense at all or even not giving a balance of fair inquiry to these employees. 

NUFAM have records of high suspension and termination over the past 2 years in MAS.

MAS is taking advantage worstly against crew members who have served the airline after so many years and they just ignore the principals of natural justice.

Where is justice for these workers whom have helped the airline during the bad times? Why are those in higher positions still remains in control when the airline fail to make money while they can continue to fire these crew employees without any notice? 

These questions have been raised to the Ministry of Human Resources for so long and it looks like there is no justice for these workers. There has been too many violations in MAS and they are getting away with it.

The National Union is all geared up to picket against MAS if this goes on and perhaps will call for strike if MAS continues to bully the crew members. 

Our crew has responsibilities to their lives and they are just human beings who makes mistakes, nothing that severe to kill their employment.

There seem to be no mercy in MAS today and what perplexes us most is they seem to get the blessings from the authorities.

The airline have in house policies which they created themselves without any consultations with the National Union and these policies mostly do not follow the basic Employment laws or guidelines. People are being axed almost every day and all the authorities could do is just watch and say nothing. 

NUFAM is urging the Minister of Human Resources to intervene immediately to this issue as it appears there is a silent blessing coming coming from him for employees and Union leaders to be sacked by MAS. 

Other Union leaders are also angry today at how the Industry have took a 360 turn against the workers as many of them who are Union members are fired for raising their concerns against the company. The Union Busting activity is getting out of hand. 

Is there really justice for workers here in this country? 

NUFAM wants the Ministry to stop haggling and do whats right for the workers, to protect them from employers who breaks the rule and to ensure employment policies and laws are prevailed. 

We have sufficient employment laws in place but most are not being practised by these companies as they are always being protected in some ways. 

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Pengecualiaan Gaji Minimum Kepada Majikan Mikro Nafi Hak Pekerja - Riot(Bernama)

Pengecualiaan Gaji Minimum Kepada Majikan Mikro Nafi Hak Pekerja - Riot

24 September 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Sept (Bernama) — Pengecualian gaji minimum kepada majikan-majikan mikro adalah suatu penafian hak kesamarataan kepada golongan pekerja yang majoritinya rakyat Malaysia, kata Menteri Sumber Manusia Datuk Richard Riot Jaem.

Beliau berkata golongan yang bekerja dengan majikan mikro lazimnya tidak mendapat sebarang elaun seperti mana yang dinikmati pekerja-pekerja dalam syarikat besar.

“Kebanyakan golongan sasar ini, termasuk pekerja bawah majikan mikro terdiri daripada golongan rentan dan sudah sewajarnya perlu diberi perlindungan melalui dasar gaji minimum,” kata Riot menerusi satu kenyataan di ibu negara, Selasa.

Menteri itu berkata demikian sebagai mengulas laporan sebuah akhbar berbahasa Inggeris (Malaymail), Isnin, yang melaporkan bahawa Persekutuan Majikan-majikan Malaysia (MEF) mencadangkan pelaksanaan gaji minimum dalam kalangan majikan mikro dikaji semula.

MEF membuat cadangan itu atas alasan majikan mikro menghadapi kesukaran untuk membayar gaji minimum.

Majikan mikro adalah majikan yang menggaji lima orang pekerja atau kurang.

Riot berkata objektif utama gaji minimum adalah untuk membantu golongan pekerja peringkat bawahan dan miskin memperoleh pendapatan yang mampu menyara kehidupan mereka.

Sehubungan itu, beliau berkata pengecualian gaji minimum kepada majikan mikro akan menyebabkan segolongan pekerja tidak dapat menikmati dasar kerajaan dan akan terus berada di bawah belenggu kemiskinan.

“Ini tidak menepati hasrat kerajaan untuk menjadi sebuah negara yang maju secara inklusif menjelang tahun 2020,” katanya.

MEF dinasihatkan agar membincangkan sebarang cadangan berhubung gaji minimum dalam mesyuarat Majlis Perundingan Gaji Negara yang mana pandangan perwakilan pekerja dalam majlis itu dapat diperoleh sebelum diputuskan oleh kerajaan, katanya. –BERNAMA

Sumber: Bernama

10,000 Majikan Swasta Gagal Laksana Skim Gaji Minimum(Bernama)

10,000 Majikan Swasta Gagal Laksana Skim Gaji Minimum

20 September 2014 
 
MARAN, 20 Sept (Bernama) — Kira-kira 10,000 majikan swasta masih gagal melaksanakan Skim Gaji Minimum yang dikuatkuasakan pada 1 Januari tahun lepas, kata Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib.

Beliau berkata kerajaan memandang serius tentang perkara itu walaupun bilangannya hanya lima peratus daripada 200,000 majikan berdaftar dengan Jabatan Tenaga Kerja (JTK) Kementerian Sumber Manusia.

“Pekerja berhak membuat aduan kepada JTK dan kementerian jika majikan masih gagal melaksanakan dasar tersebut.

“Mengikut rekod kementerian sehingga kini, tiga majikan dihadapkan ke mahkamah kerana gagal berbuat demikian,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Program Karnival Kerjaya Azam Kerja dan Kemahiran peringkat negeri di Dewan Jubli Perak di sini, Sabtu.

Sementara itu Ismail berkata sehingga Jun lepas kadar pengangguran negara mencatatkan penurunan iaitu hanya 2.8 peratus berbanding 3.1 peratus pada tahun lalu.

Katanya kadar itu antara yang rendah berbanding negara maju lain.

Anggota Parlimen Maran itu berkata antara faktor dikenal pasti berlakunya pengangguran adalah disebabkan mereka yang terlibat mencari pekerjaan yang lebih baik berdasarkan kelayakan dan kemahiran yang ada.

Beliau memberitahu, pencari kerja aktif berdaftar sehingga 1 Sept lalu berjumlah 403,897 orang dengan 231,169 daripadanya merupakan siswazah untuk mengisi 115,672 peluang pekerjaan.

Ismail berkata, mulai tahun hadapan Program Karnival Azam Kerja akan menjelajah ke setiap kawasan parlimen seluruh negara bagi membolehkan lebih ramai rakyat mendapat mendapatkan pekerjaan. — BERNAMA

Sumber: Bernama

Nufam accuses MAS of neglecting crew’s safety and security(Malaysian Insider)

Nufam accuses MAS of neglecting crew’s safety and security

Nufam wants Malaysia Airlines to ensure the safety and security of its crew. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 24, 2014. 
Nufam wants Malaysia Airlines to ensure the safety and security of its crew. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, 
 
September 24, 2014.The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) has slammed the national carrier today over its alleged failure to take care of the safety and welfare of crew members, especially the female staff.

The union, in a statement, said crew members had been forced to travel to and from work on their own after a transport company outsourced by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for the purpose had allegedly neglected its duties.

The union said complaints had been ignored and the situation had persisted for some time, with the company giving excuses of not having designated drivers or vehicles available during the late and odd hours.

"Where are their vans and drivers then? Too many excuses had been given to us and we are sick and tired of it," the union said. Nufam said it was told that crew members had no choice but to go to work on their own; and many of the female crew members had raised concerns over their safety.

"They are often taken advantage of when using the public transport. Female crew members said they get stared at by men while taking the cabs or trains," the union said.

Nufam said crew members had also been victims of snatch thieves, although the cases were not officially reported.

The union said the transport service called "E-Smart Cab" was supposed to pick up staff from their homes to ensure they arrived on time for work but this had not been happening.

Often, the staff had received text messages from the company, telling them to go to work on their own. As a result, they were forced to use public transport and arrived late at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

"This shows that there are neglected parts on the safety and security of these employees and the union is worried.

"MAS had spent millions on transport contracts to supply sufficient drivers, buses and vans for their staff to go to work but what is going on?

"We recall that those contracts had to supply 400 vans for pick-ups and send-offs for 3,500 crew members, and another 10 buses for shift staffs from Subang to KLIA."

Nufam claimed that even the buses had not been making the trips.

"We are not surprised that something had gone wrong in those contracts, and the management is very silent about it."

The union urged MAS's new owner, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, to investigate the transport contract and to terminate the contractor if the company was found to have violated the agreements stated in the deals.

"If the company have failed to honour the contract, why is MAS retaining its service, (even) after complaints by crew members and staff?"

Nufam said it had received similar complaints from female flight attendants of AirAsia and Malindo Air, who were scared of walking in open car parks while wearing their uniforms that "can be very striking at night and could also attract perpetrators".

The union urged the airlines to take the safety and security of their crew seriously.

"We need to do what we preach and be serious in safety and security matters. If airlines want to have female crew members, they must at least provide basic transport facility for them." – September 24, 2014, Malaysian Insider, Nufam accuses MAS of neglecting crew’s safety and security
 
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/nufam-accuses-mas-of-neglecting-crews-safety-and-security#sthash.M5hiNxsZ.dpuf

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Anda boleh turut serta menyokong pekerja dapatkan Union yang diiktiraf

Ayuh, mari kita menunjukkan solidariti dengan menandatangani surat menuntut hak berkesatuan sekerja dihormati.. http://www.bwint.org/default.asp?Index=5721&Language=EN

 

Malaysia: Allow union formation in Sabah Forest Industry

Sabah Forest Industry, SFI, owned and operated by Ballarpur Industries Limited (BILT), part of the gigantic Avantha Group is stepping up union busting tactics. The SFI has since 1998 refused to respect workers’ rights to form their union, affiliated to the Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union (STIEU), by using legal and technical maneuverings including two Judicial Reviews to quash the decision of Malaysian Minister of Human Resource to recognize the union. This Indian conglomerate operates in 90 countries with over 25 thousand employees.

Once again, on 17 March 2014, the STIEU filed another claim for recognition. In vain. SFI refusal prompted the Department of Industrial Relations to initiate a secret ballot election. The Department ordered SFI to submit the list of employees to be screened as eligible voters.

SFI employees’ rights to form a union have been supressed long enough! ACT NOW to demand that SFI finally allows the conduct of free secret ballot elections; refrain from legal maneuverings in the inclusion and exclusion of eligible employees to vote; respect workers’ rights to form and join union of their choosing free from management interference and respect the results of legitimate elections.

Surat tuntutan kempen

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Sukarti Wakiman
SFI Chairman
      
I am appalled to hear about Sabah Forest Industry’s (SFI)refusal to allow workers to exercise their right to form a trade union of their own choosing, free from management interference.

I am alarmed by the legal manoeuvrings and technical machinations used by SFI to suppress workers’ right to form an independent trade union.

I deplore SFI’s double standards on BILT industrial relations practice in contrast to its companies in India, which are unionised.

The right to form a union is fully guaranteed by ILO Convention 87 and is embedded as a mandatory requirement in Forest Certification Systems and the mandatory Labour Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation, which gives financial support to SFI.

I urge you to allow the conduct of free secret ballot elections; refrain from legal maneuverings in the inclusion and exclusion of eligible employees to vote; respect workers’ right to form and join union of their choosing free from management interference and respect the results of legitimate elections.


Sincerely,


CC: r. Gautham Thapar
BILT Chairman

Mr. Yogesh Agrawal
SFI Managing Director

Mr. Neehar Aggrawal
SFI Chief Operating Officer