KUCHING: The state government is urged to ensure that its government-linked companies (GLCs) fully respect the right of their employees to join trade unions and to fully participate in their activities.
This was the resolution unanimously adopted by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak during its fifth triennial delegates conference recently, which was attended by 70 delegates representing 31 unions throughout the state.
Andrew Lo, who was re-elected as secretary during the conference, said it was embarrassing that even with the Federal Human Resources Minister being from Sarawak, quite a few state-link companies had not embraced positive working relationships with employee unions.
“Some human resources managers in these companies do not appear to appreciate the fact that having an effective and responsible trade union in their organisation will benefit all stakeholders, including the government,” Lo, who is Sarawak Bank Employees Union (SBEU) chief executive officer, said in a statement.
“Some even chided unions for defending their members against unfair dismissal, while others dismissed union officials for performing their trade union duties.”
He pointed out that such action against union officials could compromise the ongoing Malaysian negotiations over the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement as labour standards were part of the negotiations.
Meanwhile, Union of Telecoms Employees Sarawak (UTES) president Mohd Ibrahim Hamid was relected as MTUC Sarawak chairman for another three years.
The other office bearers are vice-chairman Zaidi Buang from the Union of Forest Department Employees, assistant secretary Law Kait Min (SBEU), treasurer Chong Jan Kim (UTES), women head Hadiah Leen (SBEU), youth head Amy Liew, Bintulu representative Kirian Kaka and Miri representative Amin Adel.