Fong: Review all pending cases

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  • Thursday, 05 Jun 2003

PUTRAJAYA: The Registrar for the Industrial Court has been directed to review all pending cases so that they do not exceed six months. 

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said this was because several cases had been delayed for two to three years. 

“It is not good for both the workers and employers to wait so long for their cases to be resolved. 

“I have received complaints from the workers and I again appeal to the Registrar so that the whole process of case hearing in the Industrial Court will be reviewed. 

“I have asked that cases not be postponed too long so that the resolution is within a suitable time frame,” he said after the weekly Cabinet meeting here yesterday. 

On the automatic referral of complaints of dismissed workers to the Industrial Court if the Industrial Relations Department could not resolve them within six months, Dr Fong said this would render the arbitration process useless. 

The MTUC had recently proposed an amendment to the Industrial Relations Act 1967 to abolish the discretionary power of the Human Resources Minister to decide whether to refer such cases to court. 

“The arbitration process will have no bite if referral is automatic. Then the process becomes just a waste of time,” Dr Fong said. 

“To give me the discretionary power is to allow the arbitration process a probability of success,” he said, adding that MTUC’s suggestion would cause a backlog at the court. 

He also said he would attend the International Labour Organisation meeting in Geneva next week, where Non-Aligned Movement members will adopt a common stand on certain issues moved by developed countries.  

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