Labourer: MTUC took my money


  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 Jan 2010

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JOHOR BARU: An odd job worker here has accused the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) of not remitting the full amount of compensation he received from his employer for dismissing him four years ago.

M. Ganason, 44, claimed that he had been awarded RM100,000 in an Industrial Court hearing, in which he was represented by MTUC, after he was dismissed from his job as a manager with a power company in 2006.

He claimed that his former employer had paid the money to the MTUC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, which was then supposed to hand it over through its Johor Baru office.

“However, I have only received RM30,000. What happened to the rest of the money?” he asked, adding that an MTUC official in Johor had initially agreed to pay him in instalments.

“The official had issued me 10 post-dated cheques of RM10,000 each but the first cheque bounced when I tried to deposit it in March last year,” he claimed, adding that the Sessions Court here had directed both MTUC and its Johor office to settle the remaining amount after he initiated a court case against them last year.

“But I only received RM30,000 in instalments,” said the father of three children, aged between 15 and eight years.

His lawyer Pushpalatha Naidu said she had received a letter from MTUC secretary-general G. Raja­sekaran dated Jan 5, ensuring that action would be taken and ordering the Johor official involved to pay the amount but so far, there had been no payment.

Johor Baru MCA Public Com­plaints Bureau deputy chief Michael Tay hoped that the MTUC headquarters would investigate the matter, adding that the union should review its procedures.

MTUC officials from headquarters and its Johor office were unavailable for comment.


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