PETALING JAYA: It is Labour Day today and both the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) and Cuepacs will be holding their usual rally amid general election campaigning.
For the first time, the MTUC gathering will also be joined by migrant workers from countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
“These are workers who came to Malaysia to earn a living and help build our nation,” said MTUC secretary-general J. Solomon.
The event, which will begin at 8am at Wisma MTUC in Subang Jaya, is themed “Workers’ Rights are Basic Human Rights”.
Solomon said about 1,300 people were expected to turn up at the rally, which would include a worker’s march around the area and speeches by leaders.
“People tend to forget the significance of Labour Day as they keep thinking of it as just another public holiday.
“We want workers to be given due recognition for their contributions and congregate in solidarity,” he said.
Solomon added that labour was the core of social justice and the single largest global population, but it was not accorded due respect.
“The labour force is still struggling with its role on an uneven playing field in facing employers and authorities.
“The Government should develop the labour movement and trade unionism in Malaysia.
“This is the 21st century. Workers’ rights are human rights and labour should be given its rights and incorporated as a social partner,” he added.
Cuepacs will also be having its Labour Day celebration at the Public Works Department complex in Kuala Lumpur.
The event will be attended by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
There will also be a national-level Workers Day celebration at the Putra World Trade Centre, to be attended by the Prime Minister.
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