PKR candidate for Segamat, Chua Jui Meng, has issued a statement to mark Workers Day.

On this Labour Day (1 May 2013) I would like to thank workers all across Malaysia for your contribution towards our national economy and your efforts in building a better country. This nation has prospered on the sweat of your tireless labour and your unrelenting determination to provide a better future for your children and grandchildren.

A grateful nation recognizes the sacrifices you have made to bring us to where we are today, and a Pakatan Rakyat government will ensure that all your work shall bear the good fruit.

We will correct the current policies of the UMNO-BN government that favours the large corporations over their workers.

We will correct the changes made by UMNO-BN to the Employment Act 1955, the Industrial Relations Acts 1967 and the Trade Unions Act 1959 that allows the insertion of a third party between employer and employee relationships, which enables employers to deny any responsibility when employees are unjustly or wrongfully terminated. We have seen cases where workers are terminated because of their trade union activities.

The Malaysia Trade Union Congress (MTUC) was against this amendment, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) was against this amendment, and Pakatan Rakyat stands against this amendment.

Pakatan Rakyat believes deeply that our national prosperity rests on the wellbeing of our workers. We will pursue a fairer and more transparent environment that will benefit both workers and employers, and contribute to greater productivity and profits for all. We will reverse the policies that create a hostile working environment for our workers and replace them with policies that cultivate smarter partnerships between trade unions, employers and employees.

To further the social safety net for our plantation workers and their families, we will establish a National Commodity Fund with an initial fund of RM100 million with the intention of helping those affected by sudden drops in commodity prices by giving them RM500 a month through our National Commodity Assistance scheme.

I urge you to study our policies and compare them against the regressive policies of the UMNO-BN government towards you.

Therefore, come the 5th of May 2013, four days after Labour Day, I ask the workers of this great nation to take this opportunity to elect a government that will safeguard their interests and the fruits of their labour.

Ini Kalilah! Ubah!

Dato’ Chua Jui Meng
Vice President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Chairman of PKR Johor and candidate for P140 Segamat

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