Last night, as I passed along Jalan Kelawai/Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah heading towards George Town, I noticed a group of foreigners in shorts and rolled up sarongs crouching along the main road.
Thousands of bank employees have staged a large protest near outlets of leading banks along Jalan Tun Perak in KL today.
Another headache for the ruling coalition? The National Union of Bank Employees staged a Gangnam-style picket outside the CIMB branch in Kangar as part of its nationwide picketing expedition against the bank.
Something seems to be brewing at the EPF, probably the largest ‘kitty’ in the country.
The federal government’s recently announced minimum monthly wage of RM800 for Sabah and Sarawak falls below the poverty line of the two states, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has pointed out.
Between 500 and 1000 workers have marched from Central Market to Dataran Maybank to mark Workers’ Day.
More evidence that workers, especially contract workers, are being shoddily treated. Workers in Tanjung Bunga who appear to be laying cables are living in deplorable conditions.
Low-wage contract workers, who are more easily exploited, are increasingly replacing regular local workers.
Thanks to Wong Yee Lin and Rosalind Chua for sending in the following report from Tanjung Bunga:
For many state planners, the diversification to the services sector from manufacturing makes sound economic sense – but does it necessarily mean that workers will be much better off?
31 December 2011 – While many of us are looking forward to a long New Year weekend holiday, for people like Samy and Bernadette, there is little to celebrate.
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.