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2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Malaysia

Publisher International Trade Union Confederation
Publication Date 6 June 2013
Cite as International Trade Union Confederation, 2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Malaysia, 6 June 2013, available at: [accessed 22 October 2017]
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Refusal to recognise unions: In March 2013, the Workers Union of the West Territory Electronic Industries picketed outside the Human Resources Ministry to protest against their employers' refusal to acknowledge the existence of unions in their respective companies. Union president Wan Noorul Azhar Mohd Hanafiah said the companies arbitrarily bust unions by sacking the presidents, threatening union members and forming in-house unions.

The Director General of Trade Unions (Ministry of Human Resources) can refuse to register a trade union without giving any reason for the refusal and can withdraw registration, and is thus given very broad discretion in deciding these matters. Unions that do not register, or whose registration has been denied or withdrawn, are considered illegal organisations. The decisions by the Director General of Trade Unions (Ministry of Human Resources) and the Minister of Human Resources cannot be appealed to any Court.

Minimum wage agreements are disrespected: 2,000 foreign workers at a textile and polyester manufacturer in Negri Sembilan and a furniture maker in Johor went on strike in March 2013 to protest that foreign workers do not receive the minimum wage. The protesters returned to work following intervention by officials from the Human Resources Ministry and representatives of the foreign missions of Bangladesh, Vietnam and Nepal.

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