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Monday, October 3, 2011

MTUC pickets outside Parliament

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The MTUC went ahead with its picket outside Parliament Monday to protest proposed amendments to the Employment Act. - LOH FOON FONG/The Star


KUALA LUMPUR: The MTUC went ahead with its picket outside Parliament Monday to protest proposed amendments to the Employment Act.
MTUC president Mohd Khalid Atan said he had briefed the Human Resources Minister and handed him a letter expressing their grievances at a meeting at the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) earlier in the morning, before joining the picket.
"We hope the Prime Minister will intervene in this matter," he said.
On whether they would go on strike, he said "maybe", adding that they would wait for the Goverment to respond to their requests.
Khalid also said they would decide on their next course of action at the MTUC general council meeting on Oct 10.
The picket, which saw about 200 workers gathering outside Parliament, ended at 11.40am.
"We went ahead with the picket to express our disappointment with the proposed amendments," said MTUC vice-president A. Balasubramaniam.
Mohd Khalid had expressed concern that the proposed amendment would not properly protect the rights of contract labourers, adding that the Bill should not go through as it had not been tabled or deliberated at the NLAC.

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