Thousands of bank employees have staged a large protest near outlets of leading banks along Jalan Tun Perak in KL today. The picket, organised by the National Union of Bank Employees, targeted government-linked banks, Maybank and CIMB, as the...
This evening I was at a local fruit vendor's stall and happened to overhear another customer, a young woman, with a child nearby, speaking in Tamil into her cellphone: "I was planning to buy this fruit," she said, "but...
The Aliran Singers re-united and in full flow! Aliran turns 30: A heart-warming celebration of justice It was all so different from the official Merdeka celebrations, monopolised and dominated by members of the ruling coalition, recalls Anil Netto, of a...
More bad news in the electronics industry in Malaysia. German firm Qimonda, which has a plant in Malacca, has filed for bankruptcy in Munich - thanks to a global glut in memory chips. From the Qimonda website: Region: Malacca / Senai Established: 1973 No....
Echoes of the Great Depression may be seen in the pitiful conditions faced by many workers around the world today. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO0-EXS69gM?rel=0&w=480&h=274] This is a photo exhibit, using Dorothea Lange's photos from the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl of...
Some 500 workers gathered this morning to observe Labour Day at Dataran Seremban. This year's theme is 'Economic crisis: Save the workers, not the cronies'. Civil society and workers groups are demanding: a retrenchment fund with an initial contribution of RM0.5...
While all attention was focused on Budget Day "goodies" yesterday, few noticed the BN government dealing a devastating blow to workers with the passing of damaging amendments to the Employment Act. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNRjlPBv0_8?rel=0&w=480&h=360] The Bill, which was passed on...
You will be pleased to hear that the Jerit bicycles, yes bicycles, have been released.  I guess they were innocent after all, poor bikes - and it's all systems go for tomorrow. So with that, the cyclists are expected to...
1453: The Jerit southern cycling team have been hauled up near Bangi Lama. Thirty six of the cyclists will now proceed to the Kajang police station (phone: 03-8736 2222 for more details). Earlier, Jerit reported that the police wanted details...
Some 200 unionists from the Malaysian Trades Union Congress staged a protest against proposed amendments to the Employment Act 1955 this morning. But what exactly were they protesting against? Basically, they are worried about amendments that could fundamentally dilute or...

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