Workers call for better wages and end to discrimination


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 01 May 2018

SUBANG JAYA: Hundreds of local and foreign labourers gathered in front of Wisma MTUC here calling for better wages and an end to workplace discrimination.

Those who gathered also joined a short procession around USJ at around 8am carrying placards while chanting slogans urging authorities to meet their demands.

The group gathered there in conjunction with Malaysia Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Labour Day celebrations here.

MTUC secretary-general J. Solomon said he hoped the Government would work towards a minimum wage of RM1,800 a month.

"Within the next five years they should also follow Bank Negara's research that a single person should be earning a living wage of at least RM2,700.

"We have spoken to both sides of the political divide and hope whoever comes into power following GE14 looks into this matter," he said when met at Wisma MTUC on Tuesday.

He said he hoped the Government would meet the 21 demands the MTUC had made in conjunction with the elections.

Among the demands included providing affordable housing for workers, a RM1,800 minimum wage, RM300 cost of living allowance, RM3,500 minimum wage for graduates, abolish GST except for luxury items, setting the minimum Employees Provident Fund dividends to not less than eight percent.

He said the Government should also raise awareness on workers' rights and all issues regarding labourers through the television.

"We want workers to be given due recognition for their contributions and congregate in solidarity," he said.

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