SUBANG JAYA: Hundreds of local and foreign workers gathered in front of Wisma MTUC here calling for better wages and an end to workplace discrimination.
They also joined a short procession around USJ at about 8am yesterday, carrying placards and chanting slogans urging the authorities to meet their demands.
The group had assembled there in conjunction with MTUC’s Labour Day celebration.
MTUC secretary-general J. Solomon hoped the Government would work towards setting the minimum wage at RM1,800 a month.
“Within the next five years it should also follow Bank Negara’s research that found a single person should be earning a monthly wage of at least RM2,700,” he said.
Solomon hoped the Government would also meet the 21 demands MTUC submitted in conjunction with the elections.
Among them are affordable housing for workers, a RM1,800 minimum wage, RM300 cost of living allowance, RM3,500 minimum wage for graduates, GST only for luxury items and setting the Employees Provident Fund dividend at a minimum of 8%.
“The Government should also raise awareness of workers’ rights and all issues regarding labourers through TV.
“We also want workers to be given due recognition for their contributions,” he said.
Meanwhile, in her Labour Day statement, Pakatan Harapan president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the Opposition was committed to strengthening the right of workers to form unions.
She said Pakatan would ensure protection for workers’ rights in Malaysia would be on par with international standards, including conventions outlined by the International Labour Organisation.
“On May 9 this year during the general election, the mandate to form the government should be given to those who defend and fulfil the hopes of the workforce.
“Workers now have to unite and affect change together.
“Come May 9, we (the workers) have a chance to make that change as well,” said Azizah.
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