Employers taking advantage of govt leniency, says MTUC

The Malaysian Insight

MTUC secretary-general J. Solomon says there are unethical employers who receive billions of ringgit in government aid, but have no qualms about shortchanging their workers. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, April 11, 2020.

PUTRAJAYA’S leniency towards employers has opened the floodgates for layoffs and wage cuts, said the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), as the country hunkers down for an extended movement-control order (MCO).

MTUC said it has been inundated with phone calls every day since the Perikatan Nasional administration decided on April 6 to allow employers to review employment contracts to cut workers’ pay.

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  • Why don't you, for once try to understand the predicament of employers too during this unprecedented times? Things cannot go on as usual. Workers who don't have to come to work have already saved on transport and other expenses which is unavoidable if they work. making sacrifices must come from both sides now and not just the employers. If the employers cannot sustain and close shop, will the Union give them jobs? Stop talking nonsense and wake up to a new reality. You unionist are paid good pay and you should be getting a hefty pay cut yourself. Time for everyone to know that the sacrifice to survive must come from all parties, including the Unions who have to be more responsible and understanding.

    Posted 4 months ago by Mike Mok

  • Union employees should initiate your pay cut first before u ve a right to comment on this. Everybody has to sacrifice if MCO is extended. Naive and immature comment for u don't know what is losses meant to u, only employers know the pain of suffering unprecedented loss.

    Posted 4 months ago by James Wong

  • Employer = millions stashed somewhere, if it is so easy why don't you run a business yourself.

    Posted 4 months ago by A Subscriber

  • MTUC secretary-general. Please think before you open your mouth. To say that workers had benefited bosses when times were good, it is a two way business. When business was good, workers too would have received better pay and benefits. Now that times are bad with no income for most companies and especially SME, workers should be thankful that bosses would still pay them a cut salary. You can't kill the goose that lay the eggs. Do workers want their bosses companies to close for good? Can these retrenched workers be able to find a job easily now? Be realistic!! Think ahead as most businesses would take at least a year to fully recover before they can return to giving back full salaries. In life one must learn to give and take so that everyone will enjoy prosperity together once we have override this current difficult period

    Posted 4 months ago by Witzi Leong