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IndustriALL Women’s committee formed in Malaysia

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3 November, 2014In a move to recognize the role of women, a women’s committee with affiliates from IndustriALL Global Union was formed on 28 October in Malaysia. The Committee is governed by the IndustriAll Malaysian Council (IMC) and aims to look closer at economic, social and legal issues affecting women workers in Malaysia.

The aim of the committee is to examine the economic, social and legal issues affecting women workers in Malaysia and to work out a plan of action for the women workers. Specifically the committee will monitor the implementation of resolutions concerning integration of women into trade unions and the promotion of equality in employment.

Kumari from the Electrical Industries Workers Unions was elected chairperson. She will sit on the IndustriALL Malaysian Council to ensure that women’s issues are discussed and incorporated into the Council’s priorities.

Upon her election, Kumari said:

“The committee is important to advance the cause of women for better working conditions, improved maternity protection and equality in the workplace. We would also want to be involved in national campaign for the ratification of ILO 183 on maternity protection.”