Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MTUC alarmed at how JCY HDD Technology Sdn Bhd (JCY) foreign worker’s industrial action is swept under the carpets

Again and Again, Foreign Workers Issues have been swiftly swept under the Carpet 
20 November 2014
  Press Statement

Malaysian Trades Union Congress is alarmed at the manner in which the issue of JCY HDD Technology Sdn Bhd (JCY) foreign worker’s industrial action is swept under the carpets by the Police. MTUC is disappointed with Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaide Wan Jaafer statement in the Dewan Rakyat that Industrial Action taken by JCY foreign workers was due to misunderstanding among the foreign workers themselves, especially since this claim is not supported by any facts.

On 4th September 2014, we wrote to the Ministry of Human Resources to hold a tripartite meeting to discuss the issues raised by JCY’s workers. However, till to date our request is fallen on deaf ears despite several follow-up calls to the ministry.

Our MTUC’s Johor Division officers on the ground, who have been following the case closely with some of JCY’s migrant workers, have been informed by the workers that their protest escalated when one of the staff of JCY provoked them by throwing stones at the workers when they refuse to engage in a game of throwing stones at each other in their workplace at Kulaijaya.

This group of about 20 workers was forcefully moved to Kulaijaya for participating in the industrial action in Tebrau over the death of their co-worker who complained of having difficulty in breathing. In Kulaijaya, they were forced to play a game of “volley ball with stone” as a form of punishment for taking part in the said incident.

According to the workers, they resorted to industrial action as they were dissatisfied with the manner in which the management handled their grievances. Their concerns regarding their health, work conditions, poor hostel facilities, calculation of overtime, not adhering to off day’s entitlement, unfair deductions in their salaries and low compensation for accident and injuries, were ignored by the management. Furthermore, the workers were also displeased with the attitude of the management such as beating them for minor mistakes, and not treating them with dignity and respect. The workers claimed that their concerns at workplace worsened over the years and therefore they were left with no other option but to resort to industrial action.

Clearly the police had failed and neglected the issues concerning the workers at their work place. The police investigation only concentrated on one side of the incident. This not only raises concerns on the confident and credibility in police investigation but also raises the issues of biasness in the investigation process, especially in the absence of transparent and independent inquiry.

On 11th of November, a separate meeting was held at Johor Bahru, Labour Department with JCY management to discuss the repatriation process and unpaid salary for the 55 workers who were arrested. MTUC’s Johor division officers have reported that the representative of JCY had informed them that he has high contact in the Home Ministry, and proved it by showing off his telephone contact in his mobile phone. Doesn’t this indicate the biasness in the investigation?

MTUC was also informed that 5 out of 55 workers of JCY have been wrongfully charged under Sec 6(3) of the Immigration Act for entry into the country without proper documents, as all of them have valid work permits with JCY. They were schedule to return to their homeland after the clearance made at Immigration Department. Unfortunately during the police raid this group of workers were picked up. At the time of arrest, these workers were documented but during the process of investigation their work permit expired. As such, they were charged under the Immigration offences. 

MTUC have engaged the assistances of the Johor Bar Council to represent these workers. Nevertheless we are deeply concern with the bureaucracy that is taking in amending the charge at the expense of these workers who are being detained since 9th September 2014. These workers have not taken part in the Industrial Action as they were schedule to return home after completing their contract with JCY.

MTUC is very concern with the continuous lack of political will by the Government in addressing the issues and concerns of Migrant workers. Home Ministry should not shoot their month without consulting all stakeholders especially when workers’ rights are adversely affected. Internationally, Malaysia has been continuously criticized for force labour practices especially as highlighted in the recent Verite’ report on Electronic Industries. The Government should no longer ignore this report. 

MTUC urges the Human Resource Ministry to step in and take proactive measure in addressing these concerns. MTUC urges Human Resource Ministry not to delay any longer our call for a Tripartite Meeting to discuss JCY’s case.

Thank You.

Malaysian Trades Union Congress,
N. Gopal Kishnam,
Secretary General.

Source: Malaysian Trade Union Congress website

See also (for backgroud) :- 

JCY worker-Employer Dispute? JCY did no wrong? Do we need an independent investigation?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Outsourcing companies no more employers - but only facilitates entry and exit

The answer to the Parliamentary Question to the Home Minister states that 'outsourcing companies' shall no more be the employers of migrant workers, and they will only assist in facilitating the entry and exit of workers {Will try to translate the whole question and answer later)
NO . SOALAN : 18

PERTANYAAN    :               JAWAB LISAN
DARIPADA         :               TUAN HEE LOY SIAN [ PETALING JAYA ]
TARIKH              :               14 OKTOBER 2014

SOALAN               :
Tuan Hee Loy Sian [ Petaling Jaya ] minta MENTERI DALAM NEGERI menyatakan kaedah kemasukan pekerja asing secara sah, selepas Kementerian mengharamkan kemasukan mereka melalui agensi dan apakah fungsi agen pekerja asing sekarang dalam kemasukan pekerja asing ke negara ini.

JAWAPAN           :
Tuan Yang di-Pertua,

Pada masa ini , Kerajaan hanya membenarkan pengambilan pekerja asing diaksanakan secara terus oleh majikan berdasarkan keputusan Kerajaan dalam Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Kabinet Mengenai Pekerja Asing dan Pendatang Asing Tanpa Izin  (JKKPA-PATI) Kali Ke-3 Bil.2/2010 pada 20 Mei 2010 yang bersetuju supaya pengurusan Syarikat Membekal dan Mengurus Pekerja Asing (syarikat outsourcing) diuruskan di bawah Akta Agensi Pekerjaan Swasta 1981 (AAPS 1981 ).Kerajaaan juga memutuskan bahawa syarikat outsourcing bukan lagi sebagai majikan tetapi hanya menguruskan kemasukan dan penghantaran pulang pekerja asing.

Kaedah kemasukan yang ditetapkan oleh Kerajaan adalah seperti berikut:

(i)   Majikan perlu mendapatkan Sijil JobMalaysia (JCS) daripada Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia (JTKSM), sebagai sokongan kepada majikan yang memohon pekerja asing bagi memastikan bahawa kekosongan jawatan tersebut telah diiklankan dan tidak dapat diisi oleh rakyat tempatan;

(ii)  Majikan kemudiannya perlu hadir secara walk-in ke OSC,KDN untuk sesi temuduga dan kelulusan akan diberikan pada hari yang sama dengan mengemukakan permohonan pengambilan pekerja asing yang lengkap di OSC, KDN.Agensi Kawal Selia (AKS) sektor berkenaan akan menjalankan temuduga dengan majikan untuk meneliti permohonan tersebut .Kelulusan pengambilan pekerja asing juga adalah berdasarkan keperluan sebenar majikan dan berdasarkan syarat dan nisbah kelayakan yang ditetapkan oleh Agensi Kawal Selia masing-masing;

(iii)  Majikan  yang telah mendapat kelulusan  dikehendaki untuk membuat bayaran levi tahun pertama di Bahagian Pengurusan Pekerja Asing , Kementerian Dalam Negeri ;dan

(iv)   Majikan seterusnya dikehendaki berurusan secara terus dengan Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia bagi mendapatkan Surat Kelulusan Visa DEngan Rujukan  (VDR) dan Pas Lawatan Kerja Sementara (PLKS).
Sehubungan ini juga, pada masa ini syarikat outsourcing yang dilntik oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri hanya dibenarkan untuk membekal dan menguruskan pekerja asing yang telah diluluskan sebelum ini.