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THE Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has described the proposed Budget 2004 as a challenge for the corporate sector to move into a higher level of development with an emphasis on greater use of information technology (IT) and skilled manpower.
Almost every worker clamours for higher salary without giving much thought to the need to increase productivity; a situation not helped by the current wage system that ensures fixed annual increment, as stipulated in a collective agreement. Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn and his deputy Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad think this attitude must change to ensure our very own survival. CHELSEA L.Y. NG writes.
The Government may ask for #8220;clear-cut disputes#8221; between workers and bosses which have been referred to the Labour or Industrial Relations Department for resolution to be thrown out.
The Government has proposed that the minimum retrenchment and lay-off benefits be increased as the current rates are too low.
The proposal to automatically refer complaints of dismissed workers to the Industrial Court if they could not be resolved by the Industrial Relations Department within six months will only add on to the court#8217;s backlog of cases, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said.