KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Malaysian Trades Union Congress has denied a press statement made by its secretary Catherine Jikunan on its alleged support for the MTUC national leadership's stand on the amendments to the Industrial Relations Act 1967.
Sabah MTUC acting vice-chairperson Margaret Chin said Jikunan had made the statement on Dec 12 in her personal capacity.
Chin said its stand on the issue would only be known after a meeting next Tuesday.
“This matter is scheduled to be discussed for the first time at a Sabah MTUC meeting called by the division chairman Awang Ali, to be held on Dec 17, ” she said.
She explained that the meeting was scheduled after a few of its affiliates opposed the stand taken by the MTUC national leadership on the amendments to the Act.
Chin said the press statement released by Jikunan had pre-empted the meeting and did not reflect the official position of Sabah MTUC.
“In view of the fact that the proposed amendments will have a great impact on all the unions as well as workers in Sabah, the MTUC affiliates in Sabah are of the opinion that this matter should be discussed and debated in the coming affiliates’ meeting before making any stand, ” she said.
In her statement on Thursday (Dec 12), Jikunan said Sabah MTUC denied M. Kulasegaran’s claim that the state chapter was agreeable to the amendments to the Act.
Referring to The Star’s report on Tuesday (Dec 10) titled "Changes For Labour Law", in which the Human Resources Minister was quoted as saying that the Sarawak and Sabah MTUC chapters, as well as 62 other unions, were agreeable to the changes made to the Act, she said they were perplexed as to the source of Kulasegaran's information.
She said Sabah MTUC denied having ever supported all the changes contained in the Bill seeking to amend the country's labour laws, adding that it had always been consistent in its support for MTUC’s national leadership and its stand on the issue.