The declining state of unions in Malaysia

Chan Kok Leong

Klang MP Charles Santiago says the fact that the government had to intervene to raise wages shows to a certain extent how collective bargaining and free market principles have failed workers. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, May 9, 2022.

WHILE workers have been able to enjoy a rise in minimum wage from RM1,200 to RM1,500 effective May 1, union watchers said this was largely due to the government’s efforts to improve their livelihoods.

This, they said, also showed the drastic drop in the role and influence of unions in protecting workers.

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