Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tougher enforcement on migrant workers needed, says union

Azreen hani 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016


All government-related agencies should join forces to enforce tougher actions on migrant workers to ensure job security for locals, says a union leader. 

The Malaysian Liaison Council of Union Network International president Datuk Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal said interagency cooperation with a standard operating procedure (SOP) for hiring migrant workers should be established for this purpose.

“We need stricter enforcement from our authorities, whether from the Home Affairs Ministry, Human Resources Ministry or the private sector.

“I understand migrant workers are only allowed to work in specific sectors. But the reality is we see them even in other sectors,” Mohamed Shafie told The Malaysian Reserve in a phone interview yesterday. “I hope the government will address this issue in Budget 2017.”

The recruitment of foreign workers is only allowed for five sectors — construction, agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and services.
Mohamed Shafie, however, claimed this guideline is not fully adhered to and locals’ employability is threatened as employers tend to hire foreign workers due to their “cheaper costs”.

“The government needs to be tough on this. Often we hear locals being accused of not willing to do hard labour. But with the recent retrenchments, we can see that our workers are open for any job opportunities that can help them pay their bills.

“Of course in some sectors, they are a bit sceptical due to the lack of workers’ rights like in construction,” he added.

Yesterday, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot said there are 1.9 million documented foreign workers in the country.

He told the Dewan Rakyat that for every 10 legal foreign workers, there are seven illegal migrant employees in the country.

Mohamed Shafie said based on these figures, the government should re-consider the effectiveness of its foreign workers rehiring programme.

“We should send back those working illegally and get them to re-apply, should they want to work here. That’s the practice in other countries such as the US and even Bangladesh.

“Why are we giving too much leeway? What actions have been taken against employers who are still using illegal workforce?” he added.

In February, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced the freeze on foreign workers recruitment in order to pursue the rehiring programme of illegal workers.

The ministry implemented a stringent process for the rehiring programme that allowed employers to legalise their illegal workers.

Malaysian Employers Federation had expressed scepticism over the programme, claiming it would be difficult for the ministry to emulate the success of the 6P Amnesty Programme that was concluded last year.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

UNI Post & Logistics World Conference

13-14 October 2016


This year the UNI Post and Logistics World Conference was held in Dublin on 13-14 October 2016. Over 250 post and logistics world leaders were engaged in a passionate debate about the future of postal services in a digital world.

The Conference congratulated Dave Ward, General Secretary of the UK's Communication Worker's Union who was elected as World President of the UNI Post and Logistics sector.

The unions gathered represent 5 million post workers world wide who are responsible for delivery of over 650 billion letters and almost 7 billion parcels from 663,000 post offices around the world. 
“We are breaking through for our members,” said Stephen DeMatteo, Head of UNI Post and Logistics. “We are more prepared than ever to deliver the future for postal workers. We will deliver on quality jobs. We will defend the principles of universal services and public ownership, tackle bogus self-employment and protect against liberalisation and privatisation.”
From the Asia-Pacific region, Bro. Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal, President of UNI-MLC delivered a presentation on the 'organising strategy for one of the Post & Logistics Company in Malaysia, DHL'.
Bro. Kun Wardana, Director of UNI Apro & ICTS, presented a paper on organising DHL Indonesia while Bro. Mohd Effendy, General Secretary of the Postal Union (UPCW) in Malaysia presented his paper on organising Post Malaysia.
The conference took place for two days with the agenda that covers the future world of work, quality jobs, impact of trade agreements and the adoption of future priorities.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Meeting on Low Pension for GLC Retirees


On the 10th of October 2016, 15 union leaders from UNI MLC and the unions under GLC attended a meeting with the Director General of the Public Service Department of Malaysia, Post-Service (Pension) Division, Datuk Yeow Chin Kiong at the JPA office in Putrajaya.

The meeting took almost two and a half hours and it was a very fruitful meeting to speak for the retirees from GLC who received low pensions.

A technical committee was formed between the union and JPA to get the statistics and for other logistic preparations for future meetings.

The union delegation was led by Bro Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal, the President of UNI MLC and the government side was led by Datuk Yeow Chin Keong.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

UNI Apro & ICTJ Workshop

UNI Apro & ICTJ Workshop
3-6 October 2016, 
Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur

The UNI Apro & ICTJ Youth Workshop was held from the 3rd to the 6th of October 2016 in Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur. 

This workshop, a collaboration between UNI Apro and The Federation of Information and Communication Technology Service Workers of Japan (ICTJ) is to give an opportunity for young participants to learn from each other, build a network of international solidarity, learning the developments of youth work in the trade unions, learning the sources of rights for youth and at the same time giving youth the chance to develop strategies to protect their rights both at the national and international level. 

The slogan used for this workshop is “UNI Apro YOUth Scaling New Heights”.

The objective of the workshop is for participants to build up their self-confidence as leaders of trade unions, promote international solidarity and continue to network amongst like-minded people and organizations. Participants are also expected to spread the good work done with their social medias.

  • Day 1
More than 60 participants from various countries namely Japan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia (8 countries) participated in this workshop. The participants were put into their respective groups which were prepared beforehand by the organizers. Participants then introduced themselves and got to know everyone in their group. Satoshi Tamai, UNI Apro Director for Organizing gave an introduction on UNI and UNI Apro. Alice Chang, UNI Apro Director for Commerce and Youth then briefed the participants on communication skills. The opening for this workshop was held at 1pm, where Bro Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal and the UNI MLC Executive Committee attended as honoured guests. Bro Kenji Shibata, the General Secretary of ICTJ gave a short speech followed by Bro Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal, the President of UNI MLC. Bro Christopher Ng, the UNI Apro Regional Secretary then talked about Scaling New Heights in UNI Apro; The Organizing Agenda. Sis Alice then gave a brief talk on using IT for communication such as photo and video taking. Resource persons for each team then briefed their teams for their activity which will be held on day 

  • Day 2
Day 2 started off with a team building exercise which is known as “Eggs can fly”. The teams were required to use 2 pieces of A4 paper and masking take to prevent a raw egg from breaking. 2 teams were able to save their eggs from breaking. Reports were then given from each group from previous day activities. Bro Kenji Shibata, the General Secretary of the Federation of Information and Communication Technology Service Workers of Japan (ICTJ) then gave a talk on Youth Leaders in the Trade Union. The workshop then continued with representatives from ICTJ, UNI MLC, Philippines, ASPEK Indonesia giving a short report regarding the trade union movement and their respective countries. The titles of the presentations are as follows: 

· Youth@ICTJ – Social movement unionism.
· Youth@UNI MLC – Organising in Malaysia
· Youth@Philippines – Payatas Project
· Youth@ASPEK Indonesia – Building Industrial Relations
· UNI Apro Youth @Work

Brother Josue Grajo, one of the participants in the UNI Apro Youth Workshop which was held on 22nd to 25th of August 2013 in Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur, prepared a video on “ Better techniques on Selfie Photography”.  Despite his inability to attend this workshop, he prepared and sent his video all the way from the Philippines just to help our participants.

Brother Rainer, Director for Youth in UNI PLC gave a presentation on “How to Compose a Video Using Moviemaker”. The main objective of this presentation was to help the participants prepare a video of their assignments given on day 3.

  • Day 3
All the teams went out to carry out their interviews and assignment tasks. The resource persons had an outing to Batu Caves as part of their team building activity. All teams reported back to the hotel by 6.00pm and continued to prepare for the presentation that was to take place the following day.

  • Day 4
All the groups presented their findings from the assignment tasks the previous day. Sis Alice then gave a talk on “Fundamental Rights at Work”. The workshop ended with the Ganbatte Night where participants from each country gathered together and performed.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Press Release Budget 2017

Call To Increase Pensions For GLC Employees



Memorandum & Letter to Prime Minister Malaysia






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