MALAYSIA: The country’s main union group has urged the government to drastically improve the federal employment system, including the immediate ratifying of International Labour Organisation protocols.
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general Kamarul Baharin Mansor called on the government to fully implement Convention 98, or the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining.
"MTUC wants immediate action to establish the basis of every company (and that they) must have a union to represent employees… The employees can choose to be represented by a union or not.”
He added that the government should also abolish the current contracting system. "This system is unjust and denies the right of workers. Employees are always in a situation in which they worry whether their contracts will be extended or not, and their career advancement is unsure. "
MTUC further pointed out, "The government needs to carefully address the complaints being lodged by workers. This must be so because workers are the country's economic drivers who help shape the country's political colours."