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The origins of the labour movement in M’sia
Malaysiakini | 17-Nov-2017
FEATURE | The fact that the Malaysian trade unions movement played a significant role in the political, economic and sociocultural life of Malaysia has been forgotten by many.

Minister tells local authorities to delicense hotels with headscarf ban
Malay Mail Online | 15-Nov-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Any hotel that bars Muslim frontline workers from donning their headscarves should have their operating licences and permits revoked, Tan Sri Noh Omar said today.

Against headscarf ban? Curb all types of workplace discrimination, Rafizi says
Malay Mail Online | 14-Nov-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — PKR’s Rafizi Ramli explained today that Malaysian Association of Hotels’ (MAH) justification to ban female frontline workers in hotels from wearing headscarves is still lawful, no matter how frustrating it was.

Disagreement over TPP pact as ministers huddle in Vietnam
Free Malaysia Today | 10-Nov-2017
DANANG, VIETNAM: Asia-Pacific nations struggled to salvage the sprawling “TPP-11” trade deal Friday, following America’s pull out from the original pact, with Canada refuting reports an agreement in principle had been struck.

See shares concern on SMA Bill, 2017
The Borneo Post | 09-Nov-2017
SEE Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) shares his concerns on the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) Bill, 2017; whether it is appropriate and sufficient to accord constitutionality and legality of the establishment of the SMA to carry out the activities and to achieve the objectives enumerated in the SMA Bill.

Sacked for being pregnant, Hong Kong maids called ‘dogs’, left homeless
Free Malaysia Today | 08-Nov-2017
HONG KONG: As soon as Indonesian domestic worker Anisa discovered she was pregnant with her first child, her heart sank. Having worked for 13 years in Hong Kong, she was terrified that her employer would fire her, jeopardizing her future and that of her unborn child.

MTUC: Law doesn’t prevent foreign workers becoming union members
Free Malaysia Today | 07-Nov-2017
PETALING JAYA: Foreign workers can become union members but they cannot hold leadership posts, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) clarified today.

Malaysia shows steady progress on wage equality for women
Human Resources Online | 06-Nov-2017
However, the report showed that Malaysia ranked quite high (12th) when it comes to wage equality for similar work. The response was gathered from a survey question: “In your country, for similar work, to what extent are wages for women equal to those of men?”

Minimum wage review every two years
New Straits Times Online | 02-Nov-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The minimum wage order will be reviewed at least once every two years. Deputy Human Resources minister Datuk Seri Ismail Muttalib said the move is in accordance with the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011 (Act 732), where the review will be conducted by the council (MPGN).

Unpaid employees have rights too
Free Malaysia Today | 01-Nov-2017
It is both demotivating and depressing when wages are not paid on time. When caught in such a situation, does one dig their heels in or resort to more drastic but justified action?

‘Employment Insurance System not sustainable at current deduction rate’
Free Malaysia Today | 31-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The Employment Insurance System (EIS), which provides a safety net for retrenched employees, may not be sustainable if the contribution rate remains at 0.4%, says the Social Security Organisation.

[EXCLUSIVE] Malaysians, here's how to hire a maid yourself
New Straits Times Online | 30-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of Malaysian hopefuls, who wish to secure help at home, have begun sourcing for foreign maids themselves, although most have yet to make any inroads.

Malaysia says more job vacancies as labour market remains stable
The Edge Markets MY | 03-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 27): Malaysian job vacancies increased to 926,359 between January and August 2017 from 433,634 a year earlier, led by the manufacturing sector.

Cover Story: A central banker’s venture capital experience
The Edge Markets MY | 26-Oct-2017
When Tan Sri Dr Lin See-Yan retired in 1994 after an illustrious career as a central banker, a friend challenged him to try his hand at running a commercial bank. The vagaries of such an enterprise, however, were nothing new for the former deputy governor of Bank Negara Malaysia.

Why most Malaysians cannot afford to retire
Free Malaysia Today | 25-Oct-2017
Malaysia is ageing, and the population of those over 65 should hit 15% by 2035. Current EPF savings for most Malaysians are barely enough for a decent life after retirement.

Escaping middle income trap a continuous challenge for Malaysia, says S&P Global Ratings
South China Morning Post | 24-Oct-2017
Escaping the middle income trap would continue to be a challenge for Malaysia, S&P Global Ratings said, adding that the modest income levels and vulnerability to global economic conditions constrain the country’s economic resilience.

Time to call construction industry to account
Free Malaysia Today | 23-Oct-2017
By Migrant Workers Right to Redress Coalition The hillside collapse which has claimed the lives of one Malaysian, possibly eleven migrant workers and at least two refugees at Tanjung Bungah, Penang is sadly not much of a surprise.

Despite ‘election budget’ Putrajaya still needs to tackle long-term problems
The Malaysian Insight | 20-Oct-2017
SITI Nursyazalina Zailani is the face of a deep, long-standing problem of the economy that threatens Malaysia’s aim of becoming a sustainable high-income nation – youth unemployment.

Looking for ASEAN in Laos
Myanmar Times | 19-Oct-2017
It has been 20 years since the Lao People’s Democratic Republic officially become a member of ASEAN, and although many Lao people don’t feel connected to the group, they generally believe that their country’s membership in it can only bring benefits.

Continued weakening of labour movement in post-independent Malaysia
Aliran Monthly | 17-Oct-2017
Will workers and unions choose to remain in the ‘restricted space’ provided for them by the British colonial government and now the Umno-BN government, wonders Charles Hector in the final part of a three-part series.

PKS launches GE14 manifesto
The Borneo Post | 16-Oct-2017
KENINGAU: Defending the rights of Sabahans is one of the manifestos of Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS) that was launched at a hotel here on Saturday.

Jack’s labour of love
The Star Online | 13-Oct-2017
THE desire to give every player an equal opportunity to realise his or her talent is what gave birth to the Looi Badminton Academy, which later went on to become the Petaling Badminton Club (PBC).

History of the labour movement in Malaysia
Aliran Monthly | 12-Oct-2017
In a three-part series, Charles Hector looks at the history of the workers’ struggle spanning from the struggle for independence, British suppression and the post-independence weakening of the movement.

Riot speaks on 3,600 laid-off mas staff
The Borneo Post | 11-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry said it is not required by law to explain the delay in taking up the cases of 3,600 retrenched Malaysia Airlines staff to the Industrial Court.

Riot speaks on 3,600 laid-off MAS staff
Astro Awani | 10-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry said it is not required by law to explain the delay in taking up the cases of 3,600 retrenched Malaysia Airlines staff to the Industrial Court.

Close to 18,000 Malaysian workers retrenched as of June this year
AsiaOne | 09-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: In 2016, almost 40,000 Malaysian employees were retrenched from their jobs, according to data reported to the Labour Department.

World Bank: A 10% rise in immigrant workers raises Malaysia's real GDP by 1.1%
The Edge Markets MY | 09-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 9): To maximise the benefits from labour mobility, Malaysia could adjust its migration policies to its economic needs by revising current levy system and deepening coordination with sending countries, said the World Bank.

UNI-MLC hopes 2018 Budget will raise pension rates for GLC retirees
New Straits Times Online | 06-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Union Network International-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI-MLC) has asked the government to consider raising pension rates for former employees of government-linked companies (GLCs) in the 2018 Budget.

Malaysia moves up seven notches in Economic Freedom report
The Star Online | 05-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has edged up seven places to rank 65 among 159 countries in 2015, according to the recently-published Economic Freedom of The World Report 2017 (EFW), compared to 72nd placing in 2014.

Fair Work Ombudsman proves underpaying 457 visa workers unlawful discrimination
The Australian Financial Review | 04-Oct-2017
The Federal Circuit Court delivered the watchdog's first successful ruling last week, finding a Tasmanian resort's exploitation of two visa workers, whom the Chinese owner referred to as "family", was unlawful adverse action taken because of their nationality and race.

Indonesians saved from three-year forced labour at Sarawak bird’s nest farm
Malay Mail Online | 03-Oct-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 3 — Police have freed 11 Indonesians locked in a single-storey house that had been turned into bird’s nest farm in Bintulu, Sarawak yesterday.

Asean must return to basics
New Straits Times Online | 02-Oct-2017
THIS year, Asean celebrates it golden anniversary. It was fitting, therefore, for Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia to dedicate this topic to the second of its Chancellor Tuanku Muhriz Lecture Series this week: “Good governance: Challenge for the Asean Community”.

Domestic migrant workers in Thailand, Malaysia ‘underpaid’
Myanmar Times | 29-Sep-2017
Most domestic workers, including Myanmar migrant workers, in Thailand and Malaysia are not getting even their basic salaries, Rory Mungoven, liaison officer of the International Labor Organization (ILO), said on Thursday.

Sabah PH: New deal about institutional reform, not personal agenda
Free Malaysia Today | 29-Sep-2017
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Pakatan Harapan (PH) has insisted that its “new deal” manifesto is about institutional reform and not a personal agenda as alleged by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Raymond Tan.

The Agro Job Fair in Malaysia to offer over 3,000 job vacancies
Human Resources Online | 28-Sep-2017
Bernama has reported that the Agro Job Fair will be offering over 3,000 vacancies in agriculture and agro-based industries. The fair is held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in conjunction with the Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture and Agrotourism (MAHA) 2017 exhibition from 28 September until 1 October.

Malaysia moves up 2 spots in global competitiveness report
The Malaysian Insight | 27-Sep-2017
MALAYSIA edged up two places to rank 23 out of the 157 countries in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, compared with its placing at 25 out of 140 countries last year.

Throw the book at employers hiring illegal workers
The Star Online | 26-Sep-2017
It is a wake-up call for the authorities to get tough with employers who do not adhere to procedures when hiring foreign workers irrespective of the nature of the job. It is mind-boggling how seven suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants were hired as security guards by licensed security companies.

Johor SME owners urge the Government not to increase the levy for foreign workers
The Star Online | 21-Sep-2017
JOHOR BARU: Business operators hope that the Government will not increase the levy for foreign workers in the upcoming Budget 2018 as the move could become counterproductive.

Indian brick workers treated ‘worse than slaves’
Free Malaysia Today | 20-Sep-2017
NEW DELHI: Millions of Indian brick workers are trapped in bonded labour and regularly cheated out of their wages, an anti-slavery group said Wednesday as it demanded government action.

What to do if you think someone you know is being trafficked
Free Malaysia Today | 19-Sep-2017
The likelihood of you encountering someone who has been trafficked in your everyday life is surprisingly high, and you might not even have given it a second thought. But the possibilities are everywhere, from the Indonesian maid following her employer’s family around the supermarket, to the Vietnamese woman working on your nails in the salon, to the Bangladeshi construction worker you may have passed by in your car on your way to work.

Human Resources practitioners play a vital role today
New Straits Times (Malaysia) | 13-Sep-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: The role of Human Resources (HR) practitioners is more crucial today in any organisation unlike in the past where it is usually tucked away amidst ‘administrative’ duties. Court of Appeal judge, Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid said the role played of a HR practitioner and their proficiency is important, especially when it comes to industrial relations, which will certainly impact the number of cases reaching the Industrial Court

France insists it will go through with labour reform, day after protests
The Star Online | 13-Sep-2017
PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday that he would pay attention to demonstrations against his planned labour reforms but pledged to push through with them, a day after protests took place nationwide.

Achieving ‘Malaysia First’ along with ‘America First’
The Star Online | 12-Sep-2017
ON Sept 12, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will meet President Donald Trump, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of ties between our two countries. It is customary on such occasions to speak about our common bonds, shared values and our success over the past six decades. I have no doubt the leaders will do so.

Malaysia as a middle power
Malaysiakini (subscription) | 11-Sep-2017
MP SPEAKS | A country without a huge population or a massive economy is almost always not defined as a big power. Yet Malaysia, since its first foray into international politics, has tried to punch above its weight.

Minister laments poor occupational safety and health awareness among employers
Malay Mail Online | 08-Sep-2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 ? The level of awareness on occupational safety and health, particularly on exposure to diseases and poisoning among employers and industries, was still low, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.

Labour participation rates expected to rise in Malaysia
Human Resources Online | 07-Sep-2017
Written by Louis Kuijs, Head of Asia Economics, Oxford Economics; he said: “We expect the participation rate to rise further in Japan and forecast significant increases in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. But we see only a modest increase in China and a mild fall in Australia.”

Over 230 Myanmar migrants from Malaysia return Myawady
Eleven Myanmar | 06-Sep-2017
MYAWADY- More than 230 Myanmar migrant workers from Malaysia are already returned Myawady yesterday evening via Thailand as they are worried about their life in Malaysia due to Rakhine issue.

Cambodian arrested for trafficking maids to Malaysia
Free Malaysia Today | 05-Sep-2017
PETALING JAYA: A Cambodian woman who allegedly deceived unsuspecting local women into being trafficked to Malaysia where they were forced to work as maids under harsh conditions has been arrested by the country’s police.

Public-listed companies in Malaysia with no woman directors to be named and shamed: Najib
The Straits Times | 05-Sep-2017
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Public-listed companies (PLC) in Malaysia that do not have any woman on their boards of directors will be named and shamed, said Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Only 2% of employers willing to pay fresh grads RM3,000
Free Malaysia Today | 30-Aug-2017
PETALING JAYA: Only 2% of employers are willing to pay fresh graduates a starting salary of RM3,000, according to online employment company JobStreet Malaysia.