Sunday, 6 May 2012

2012 International Labour Day Celebration in Johor - Resolutions regarding Workers' Demands

2012 International Labour Day Celebration in Johor

Resolutions regarding Workers' Demands

Santha Perumal and Fang Pei Fen read out Resolutions regarding Workers' Demands.
A) Workers' Basic Rights

1) Workers' Union Rights – Empowering workers' unions by allowing workers' unions to be founded and encouraging workers to join workers' unions. Employers must cease actions which destroy workers' unions in this country.

2) Cease amending labour laws – The government must guarantee and protect the rights of workers, and the existing laws must be enhanced for this purpose, and the government should not confiscate and deny the rights of workers.

3) Compensation should be given to rubber estate workers who were forced to leave their respective estates due to the shift of focus to oil palm.

4) Promises which had been made to the Indian workers when they were brought into the country must be kept.

5) Female Workers' Rights – Cease all forms of discriminations and violence especially sexual harassment at workplaces towards female workers. Enact a comprehensive set of laws regarding sexual harassment to protect female workers.

B) Workers' Living Conditions

6) Since the government has already announced the implementation of minimum wage, they should also bear the responsibility towards any negative repercussions which may ensue.  Specifically, the government must take proactive steps which may encourage foreign companies to keep their operations in this country, keep employment, prices of goods, and inflation rate from getting out of control.

7) The government must provide special housing within secure neighborhood for low-income workers.

8) Control Prices of Goods – Control increases in costs of basic goods and services. The proposed goods and services tax (GST) which would surely burden the people must not be implemented.

9) Cease Privatisation of Basic Services – Basic needs such as water, electricity, health, public transport, and education should not be privatised for the sake of profit. These basic needs must be provided by the government.

C) Entry of Foreign Workers

10) This Council recognises that foreign workers are needed in certain sectors and industries so as to ensure economic development. However this Council abhors the actions of the government and industries to bring foreign workers in big numbers, especially in sectors where local workers depend on in order to earn their living (eg. manufacturing and transportation), to cut their pay, and to degrade their welfare. This Council abhors the government's action in bringing in foreign workers from certain countries and giving them long-term work permit (extendable without limit), even to the point of granting them citizenship in 6P program.

11) Just laws must be enacted which deal with the issues of foreign workers vis-à-vis local ones.

12) The government must cease exploitation of foreign workers for its own political ends.

D) Human Resource Management

13) The government should set aside special fund for the training of local workers in specific skills, attitude-building and work quality so that they gain in competitiveness.

14) The government must take specific steps to accommodate new talents – the youths who have just completed their education – since they are part of the nation's assets which are invaluable.

15) The government should review its decision to annul the new "Public Service Renumeration Scheme" (SBPA) since the annulment affects the ongoing government transformation program

16) The government should consider applications by civil servants who wish to cancel their acceptance of the option to extend the age of retirement to 60 years.


通告 Notification


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The English and Malay renditions of Sahabat Rakyat’s opinions about next election will be published here consecutively

As an NGO which upholds “independent and autonomous” position and "always be with the people" principle, Sahabat Rakyat had released a Chinese-written statement of views with regard to the voting in the upcoming 14th General Election, entitled “Vote for candidates who are against State Islamisation: Oppose UMNO hegemonic rule! Prevent the return to power of Mahathir’s faction!”

The English rendition of this statement will be published in our blog in the near future whereas the Malay rendition will be published next month (November). Please stay tuned!

We hope that our position and views pertaining to the next General Election expressed in the statement will be accurately and widely disseminated and also examined by the popular masses of various ethnicities and social strata through their involvement in the struggle of the next General Election carried out by various political parties and their practices in all fields in future.

Akan datang: Penerbitan penterjemahan pendapat Sahabat Rakyat mengenai pilihan raya ke-14 dalam Bahasa Inggeris dan Bahasa Melayu

Sebagai sebuah pertubuhan masyarakat yang berpendirian teguh tentang prinsip "bebas dan berautonomi" dan “sentiasa berdampingan dengan rakyat jelata”, Sahabat Rakyat telah menerbitkan kenyataan tentang pandangan kami terhadap Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 yang akan datang yang bertajuk "Undilah calon yang menentang Pengislaman Negera: Menentang pemerintahan hegemoni UMNO! Jangan benarkan puak Mahathir kembali memerintah! "

Penterjemahan Bahasa Inggeris kenyataan tersebut akan diterbitkan dalam blog kita dalam waktu terdekat manakala penterjemahan Bahasa Melayu akan diterbitkan pada bulan hadapan.

Kami berharap pendirian dan pandangan kami berkenaan pilihan raya kali ini yang dinyatakan dalam kenyataan tersebut dapat disebarkan dengan tepat dan meluas untuk diuji dalam kalangan rakyat semua bangsa semua strata sosial melalui penglibatan mereka dalam amalan pelbagai parti politik dalam pertempuran pilihan raya umum kali ini mahupun masa depan.

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