PETALING JAYA: The human resources ministry has yet to listen to numerous appeals made by workers to help stave off downsizing exercises in the banking sector, the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) says.
They urged Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to intervene in the interests of workers, many of whom are in the B40 and M40 groups, and ensure that multinational companies do not treat local workers unfairly through voluntary and mutual separation schemes (VSS & MSS).
In a statement, NUBE general secretary J Solomon said the union had raised the matter to the human resources ministry numerous times in the last year about the repeated VSS and MSS being undertaken by HSBC Malaysia but to no avail.
“There is no remedial action from the ministry to prevent acts of harassment, especially with the implementation of VSS and MSS.Implementing outsourcing strategies will eliminate permanent job opportunities for local citizens."
Solomon questioned the rationale behind the ministry’s approval of HSBC Malaysia’s downsizing exercises at a time of crisis when they should be helping to protect the livelihoods of local workers.
“Looking at the attitude of the human resources ministry only confirms that it is more than happy to allow corporate sector employers to harass and victimise workers.
“The ministry should act decisively so that no employer is willing to do the same to workers in this country.
“The ministry should not give approval to HSBC Malaysia to retrench workers unilaterally. Instead it should direct them to retrain and upgrade their workers as the bank continues to make a profit.”
He hoped Muhyiddin will be firm in ensuring his Cabinet ministers act in the best interests of locals.