MBSB Bank imposed a Dress Code Policy which is purportedly professional dress code guideline. This is another example of the abuse of power by MBSB Bank top management.
MBSB has also claimed that the purported ‘professional attire’ is in accordance with the MCBA/NUBE Collective Agreement. This is another blatant lie!
The Collective Agreement only states that workers are to be properly attired and appear neat and tidy not professionally attired.
Examples of the arbitrary demands imposed by the top management at MBSB are that the workers:
1. Cannot wear shirts with stripes and/or dark colours.
2. Cannot wear shirts with print, this implies that batik shirts which is the pride of our national is also disallowed. This is denying workers the right to use one of Malaysia’s traditional attires.
3. Short-sleeved shirts can only be worn on Thursday/Friday only and must be properly tucked-in.
4. Cannot wear slippers, flat sandals/slip-ons, sports shoes, rubber boots, flip flops, and opened-toe footwear. This is contrary to the common norm of wearing sandals/slippers as a preference, to mosque (by our Muslim brothers) or even whilst travelling in a car/motorcycle.
5. Cannot wear jeans of any kind.
MBSB top management even stooped low to threaten workers who wear sandals/slippers by claiming that they will be denied entrance to the workplace and will be subjected to disciplinary action.
MBSB top management’s loyalty to our nation and professionalism seems to be all ruffled up. They must first tuck-in the true meaning of loyalty and professionalism in their minds, before insisting workers tuck-in their shirts in.
MBSB must also “walk-the-talk” and put the money where the mouth is to provide the attires so demanded to be worn by the workers in four (4) sets; otherwise, it is another act by the ‘Serial Liar”.
We advise all NUBE members in MBSB to comply with the MCBA/NUBE Collective Agreement which explicitly states that we need to be properly attired and neat and tidy; therefore, any other dress code guidelines that MBSB wants to impose, must first be negotiated with NUBE. It is not for MBSB top management to unilaterally and arbitrarily decide on a Dress Code that they feel is necessary.
MBSB top management must learn to respect every human being. They cannot attempt to enslave us by the attire we wear. They also cannot interfere with our right to dress as we wish so long as we are properly attired and neat and tidy.
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