PUTRAJAYA: The Government hopes the MTUC will not go ahead with its plans to picket if its request for a minimum wage for the private sector is not met.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak asked the congress to discuss the matter further with the Government before making any move.
“We have certain considerations and we have to bear in mind that a minimum wage has far-reaching consequences,” he said.
Stating that the Government had not adopted the minimum wage policy in the country, Najib said industries could decide on the acceptable wage level.
MTUC is seeking legislation to fix a minimum wage of RM900 as well as cost of living allowance (Cola) of RM300 for private sector employees.
On Monday, it presented a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office, giving the Government a one-week ultimatum to respond.
Failing this, the MTUC threatened to stage pickets in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Bangi, Shah Alam, Klang, Johor, Kuching and Penang next Monday between 5pm and 6.30pm.
MTUC president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud said the congress had to act as it was a long-standing issue and that the matter had been brought up with the Government since 1998.
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