Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) received almost 40,000 complaints from local and foreign workers for being laid-off, forced to take unpaid and annual leave among others.
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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) received almost 40,000 complaints from local and foreign workers for being laid-off, forced to take unpaid and annual leave among others.

According to a report by China Press, from that amount, 75 percent involved employers who do not pay salaries and termination of employment.

The Secretary-General of MTUC, J. Solomon said, although the MTUC understands the financial burden of the companies, the congress is against the termination of employees and forcing them to apply leave.

He said, the government has provided various programmes and incentives to ensure the sustainability of the businesses.

“After the Movement Control Order (MCO), the employers would need experienced employees to keep their businesses running,” he said.

According to Solomon, before terminating the service of an employee, the employer needs to consider other alternatives such as to shorten the work hours, freezing the intake of new staff and to reduce overtime.

Besides that, Solomon also suggested that the government should reduce the salaries of high-paying civil servants and employees from the government-linked companies (GLCs) until end ot the year, postpone travel programmes for a year and to freeze scholarship programmes.

“The government can also hold discussions with the private sector to take the similar measures,” he said.

Solomon also proposed for the government to implement ‘emergency employment’ law which forbids the employers to lay of their workers if the unemployment rate reaches a certain level.

He said, the government can learn from Hong Kong by punishing employers who lay off their employees after receiving assistance and incentives from the government.

He said, the outbreak has also taught the employers not to allow their employees to ‘spend luxuriously’ when working outstation. –MalaysiaGazette

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