New body to protect managers and execs under consideration


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Jun 2003

BY R.S.N.MURALI

JEMPOL: The Government is mulling the setting up of a consultative body to deal with problems at workplaces faced by employees who hold managerial posts. 

Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn said that once set up, the body could provide some form of “protection” for those who were not covered by staff or workers’ unions. 

“Key personnel at an organisation could channel their woes and grouses at workplaces directly to the body, where any disputes could be mediated for an amicable solution,” he said after handing over the April 22 NUPW/MAPA basic monthly guarantee agreement to Works Minister and MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu at Jeram Padang estate, near here on Friday.  

Dr Fong said that at some workplaces, managers and executives had no avenues to air their dissatisfactions concerning their employers as they were governed directly by top management.  

He said this group was sometimes subjected to indiscrimination, but in most cases those affected preferred to keep silent because of their key positions. 

Dr Fong said there was a suggestion that the respective state labour department directors chair the body, an idea that was being considered by the ministry. 

He said the ministry would discuss at length on the setting up of the body with labour department directors and employers soon.  

“It (The body) would also want the participation from the employers who could represent themselves in (the) body’s liaison committee,” he added. 

Under the NUPW/MAPA agreement, estate workers would automatically get a monthly salary of RM350 even if they do not produce any yield for that month due to adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen factors.  

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