Staff turn up at EGM to demand their rights

  • Business
  • Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: There was another twist at the OCI Bhd EGM yesterday when some 20 employees of the company turned up with a representative from the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), demanding that their rights be preserved.  

The employees had alleged that they were made to resign by the management without due notice and were not compensated according to labour laws.  

Employee Eswari Nathan said the company had prepared a resignation letter and told the staff to sign it.  

Unfortunately the letter did not stipulate a termination package.  

Furthermore, the machines at the factories were slowly being taken away with no explanation given to the workers, she said. 

Another employee, Pakianathan a/l Manikam, said the workers had resorted to filing a complaint to the MTUC as they were not given any resignation notice.  

MTUC senior industrial relations officer Peter Kandiah said:“The workers' interest should come first.” He added that more than 100 employees were affected. Some, due to the uncertainty, had voluntarily resigned.  

Kandiah said MTUC would not file the case officially if the new management could provide an assurance to the employees.  

Newly appointed executive director Anthony Wijoto said the new board would “take care of the workers.”  

“We will see to it that everyone is being treated equally and fairly,” he said, adding that the new management would consider re-hiring those who had not resigned willingly.  

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