Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Sarawak Bank Employees’ Union celebrated their 50th Anniversary recently. The celebration dinner was held successfully on the 17th of September 2016, Saturday at Imperial Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak. More than 900 people attended this dinner.
The UNI-MLC – UNI APRO Outstanding Malaysian Trade Union Leadership Award was presented to Bro Andrew Lo as a token of appreciation and to recognize all his services and efforts to the union and also towards its members.
A congratulatory award was also presented to the President of Sarawak Bank Employees’ Union, Sis Hadiah Leen.
Posted by UNI Malaysia Labour Centre at 2:47 PM
Friday, September 16, 2016
The ASEAN Finance Sector Forum organized by UNI APRO Asean Bank Unions Council (ABUC) was held in Kuching, Sarawak in conjunction with the SBEU’s Golden Jubilee Celebration on the 16th of September 2016. More than 50 leaders attended this forum.
Among the people present were:
- Bro Christopher Ng, Regional Secretary of UNI APRO
- Mr Satoru (Tomo) Yamadera, Principal Financial Sector Specialist of ASEAN Development Bank
- Mr Tano, Jose Recon Sarosa, Officer in Charge, Office of the Superisory Policy Development
- Dr Rene E Ofreneo, Professor University of Philippines
- Bro Jayasri Priyalal, Director of Finance and Professional and Managerial Services, UNI APRO
- Sis Hadiah Leen, President of the Sarawak Bank Employees’ Union
- Bro Andrew Lo, CEO of Sarawak Bank Employees’ Union
- Bro Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal, General Secretary of ASETUC
Posted by UNI Malaysia Labour Centre at 2:42 PM
Thursday, September 15, 2016
The UNI Commerce Youth Camp was held on the 11th to 15th of September 2016 in Berlin, Germany. This event was organized by UNI Global Union, based in Nyon. 30 participants from different countries namely Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, United States and Uruguay attended this camp. Malaysia was represented by Sis Hannah Samuel from UNI MLC.
The opening speech was done by Sis Alke Boessiger, the UNI Commerce Head of Department who will become the Head of Department for ICTS starting 1st October 2016.
On the first day of the camp, the participants had a discussion about working conditions in their countries, and also the professional environment where topics like employer-employee relations, main issues in the CBA, major issues in the commerce sector, comparisons between local companies and multinational companies, career prospects and gender equality were discussed.
Participants were to discuss in small groups and then present their findings to the whole group.
On the second day, participants got the chance to learn more about trade unions and organizing. Issues such as unionization in the workplace, youth representation in the union, membership development, main challenges in organizing in the commerce sector, union busting and so on were discussed and a lot of ideas were exchanged between the participants.
Bro Mathias Bolton, the new UNI Commerce Head of Department gave us a brief introduction on what UNI Global Union is all about.
The participants then proceeded to a high ropes course in Heiligensee, Germany as part of the team building activity.
On the third day, the participants were divided into two groups; multi-channel and e-commerce based on the example of IKEA, and how sustainability can be ensured along the entire supply chain. Both groups had fruitful discussions and then proceeded to present the results of the discussions to the whole group.
On the fourth day, Bro Erkan Ersoy, Director of Organizing (Europe) gave us a talk on “Organizing the Youth to Build a Better Future”. We were then divided into small groups to apply what we learnt during Bro Erkan’s session.
The participants then were taken on a field visit to Ver.di national headquarters where Bro Simon Habermas gave us a brief introduction to Ver.di Youth.
On the last day, the group continued to have discussions about the strategies that could ensure a stronger role for youth in the unions and the camp ended with a farewell party for all the participants.
Posted by UNI Malaysia Labour Centre at 12:30 PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
ARROW Award Ceremony, Bogor. Indonesia
BOGOR, 14 September 2016 – Today, six private companies from ASEAN Member States received the ASEAN Red Ribbon for Outstanding Workplace (ARROW) Award for their remarkable initiatives to create a safe and healthy working environment through HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention programmes for their employees. The Standard Chartered Bank of Brunei Darussalam, ACLEDA Bank of Cambodia, Kaltim Prima Coal of Indonesia, Sime Darby Group of Malaysia, Maynilad Water Services Inc. of the Philippines, and Microchip Technology Co. Ltd. of Thailand were given the ARROW trophies and certificates co-signed by H.E. Hanif Dhakiri, Minister of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia, and H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN.
In line with the goal of the ARROW Award, that is to cultivate better awareness and greater involvement of the business leaders in achieving zero new-HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths in the workplace in ASEAN Member States, the six companies also provide voluntary counseling and care support treatments to employees with HIV and AIDS based on principles of confidentiality and non-discrimination.
H.E. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), highlighted in his remarks, “we have witnessed significant transformation in our societies, but the journey towards ‘Three Zeros’ is still on-going. Ending the epidemic of AIDS by 2030, one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, may be ambitious but it is achievable in our region as long as we, together, play our individual and collective roles to overcome the challenges ahead of us.”
The Inaugural ARROW Award Ceremony was hosted by the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia. The award will continue once every two years under the coordination of the ASEAN Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (ASEAN BCA). The Coalition was established by the ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting in 2014 to promote greater involvement of employers’ associations in ASEAN Member States in HIV and AIDS prevention and control in the workplace, and to encourage the inclusion of HIV prevention and control in the workplace into the business agenda. The Coalition’s members include the existing national business coalitions on AIDS and employers’ associations in ASEAN Member States. The ASEAN BCA Coordinator will be handed over from Indonesia (2014-2016) to Malaysia (2016-2018) at the end of the 2nd Meeting of the ASEAN BCA tomorrow.
Posted by UNI Malaysia Labour Centre at 2:53 PM
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony with
Government & Trilogi University
8th September 2016
In order to enhance human resources competence, particularly in the field of occupational health and safety in ASEAN member countries, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the 8th September 2016 at the campus of Universitas Trilogi in Jakarta Indonesia among three parties; The Ministry of Manpower of Republic of Indonesia, Universitas Trilogi and Indonesian Workers Association (ASPEK) which is affiliated to ASETUC and UNI-APRO.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Bro. Kun Wardana, the Director of UNI Apro-ICTS on behalf of Bro. Christopher Ng, founder of ASETUC and Regional Secretary of UNI-APRO and Brother Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal, General Secretary of ASETUC and President of UNI-MLC.
The MOU covers the following:-
- Creating and improving human resources quality in the field of OSH through formal and informal education and through publishing OSH Guideline books.
- Implementing shared efforts in order to encourage the implementation of OSH as the priority in every level of business activity.
- Improving the performance in the implementation of Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) continuously to achieve the optimal level of Occupational Safety and Health System (OSHMS) and zero accident condition.
- Realizing the independency of OSH culture in Indonesian society year 2020 in order to guarantee the business stability and workers’ welfare.
- This MoU is valid for three (3) years and may be renewed upon agreement of all parties.
- In order to implement the points in this Memorandum of Understanding, they will be continued by making operational cooperation of each party.
Posted by UNI Malaysia Labour Centre at 3:38 PM
Unions representing workers in Telenor gathered in Budapest, Hungary on 6-7 September to form the Telenor Global Union Alliance. All European countries in which Telenor operates were represented in the meeting, which also welcomed delegates from Bangladesh, Malaysia, and India. The unions formed the global alliance in order to better represent workers’ interests in the company, share information and best practices, provide mutual support and solidarity, organize more Telenor workers into unions, and encourage productive industrial relations throughout the group.
Posted by UNI Malaysia Labour Centre at 2:55 PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
UNI-MLC Visit to WIT College &
UNI-MLC Executive Committee Meeting
6th September 2016
WIT College, Port Klang
On 6th September 2016, more than 90 union leaders from various sectors affiliated to UNI-MLC visited the Workers Institute Technology (WIT) College to gain a better understanding and complete insight on the efforts for training and education provided by the College in the various fields for women and youth in Malaysia.
UNI-MLC believes that WIT under the leadership of Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Hj. Zainal Rampak, Chairman, Board of Directors of WIT College will continue to grow and benefit all workers who wish to pursue training in skills that will enhance work-life balance and economic well-being.
The UNI-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC) Executive Committee, wishes to express our utmost appreciation and gratitude to Y.Bhg. Tan Sri for inviting us to visit the Workers Institute Technology (WIT) College and also for allowing us to hold our UNI-MLC Executive Committee Meeting at the Dewan Puan Norashikin in WIT College.
We had a fruitful meeting and UNI-MLC looks forward to continuing the excellent relationship shared with WIT at all times.
Posted by UNI Malaysia Labour Centre at 3:25 PM