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Government harasses Malaysian union leader after safety concerns aired

27 July, 2020Malaysian union leader N. Gopalkishnam has faced government harassment since airing safety concerns in a report for Channel 4 News in the UK. He believes the government should focus instead on taking serious steps to ensure the safety and health of workers in factories exporting personal protective equipment.

South East Asian unions turn online to defend workers’ rights

12 May, 2020During social distancing and lockdowns, unions in South East Asia are using online platforms to address workers’ concerns over job insecurity and defend their rights.

From underground activist to general secretary

6 May, 2020Mohamad Hafiz Ismail, 32, is the general secretary of Electronics Industry Employees’ Union eastern region (EIEUER) in Malaysia and joined the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Programme in 2019.

Malaysian unions fight for workers during lockdown

3 April, 2020Trade unions in Malaysia have lodged complaints over factories remaining open during the lockdown, jeopardizing workers’ health and safety.

Union picket breaks deadlock in Malaysia

17 March, 2020A one-day picket of Electronics Industry Employees’ Union Northern Region (EIEUNR) forced Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd to return to the negotiation table to continue bargaining for a collective agreement. The employer had declared a deadlock in the negotiations on 25 February.

Young workers in Asia-Pacific planning ahead

4 November, 2019Establishing youth committees at national levels and ultimately forming a regional network is the main goal of the recently concluded Youth Exchange Forum in Port Dickson, Malaysia, on 21-22 October. Building capacity and encouraging young workers to get involved in union activities are among the main strategies identified to strengthen the group.

Call for ratification of ILO C87 in Malaysia

16 September, 2019Together with other unions in the country, IndustriALL’s affiliates in Malaysia are calling on the government to immediately ratify ILO convention 87 on freedom of association and the right to organize.

Malaysian union signs tenth collective agreement with Denso

3 June, 2019On 30 April 2019, the National Union of Transport Equipment & Allied Industries Workers (NUTEAIW) signed the tenth collective agreement with Denso Malaysia, the largest manufacturer of automobile components in Malaysia with 1,365 workers.

Malaysian law reforms must comply with ILO Convention on Freedom of Association

9 May, 2019Ahead of labour law amendments that will be tabled in parliament in July 2019, IndustriALL Malaysia Council organized a round of consultation meetings on the Trade Union Act 1959 and Industrial Relations Act 1967 to seek wider consensus on issues such as freedom of association, fair labour practice and collective bargaining.

Malaysia: building union power by more members

16 April, 2019In a national unity meeting in Malaysia on 6 – 7 April, IndustriALL Council and union leaders demonstrated a strong commitment to build union power by increasing union membership power in the country’s various industries.