KUALA LUMPUR: Federation of Trade Unions of Employees in Banking and Financial Institutions (FEBFI) urged the government to give the exclusive authority to oversee the matters related to workers of this country, including foreign workers under the Ministry of Human Resources.
FEBFI Secretary General J. Solomon said that this is vital to ensure that workers’ welfare is well protected in a more effective manner by a single ministry.
Furthermore, Bro Solomon said, this will ensure that two millions jobs that will be available as a result of implementation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are not hijacked by foreign workers.
FEBFI welcomes the creation of two million jobs by 2027 upon the implementation of the TPPA as assured by the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and FEBFI hopes other ministries too will work closely with MITI to ensure all Malaysians benefit the fruits of the TPPA.
“We hope that the efforts that had been put up by the MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry), will not be hijacked by another citizen of another country ” he said.
As much as FEBFI welcomes and appreciate the services of foreign workers to fill up the vacant slots in Malaysia, it should not be abused to suppress wages of Malaysian workers.
“Currently, we are unable to determine the true closest figure of the number of foreign workers in this country which is ballooning day by day and we are already witnessing the social problem in these circumstances,” he said.
FEBFI organised a two-day seminar on TPPA. The seminar ended with a Panel Discussion yesterday. Members of Panel Discussion comprises of Datuk J. Jayasiri, Deputy Secretary General (Strategy and Monitoring), Ministry of International Trade and Industry; K. Kesavan, Principal Assistant Secreary, Ministry of Human Resources; Mr Azlan Awang, Deputy Chairman, TPPA Bantah, and Mr Gopal Krishnam, Secretary General, Malaysian Trades Union Congress.
“Many a times, trade union movement had spoken very loudly that all workers’ affairs should come under one ministry… that is Ministry of Human Resources.
“With due respect to the Home Ministry, they had taken a significant control on foreign workers, and we hope that the government will reconsider this, and keep this under the (supervision) of Ministry of Human Resources, so that there will be a proper control and the foreign workers will not hijack the two million jobs that will be available by 2027,” said Bro Solomon.
He observed that we must accept the reality that Malaysia has signed the TPPA and it will be in force in 2018. Therefore, the Unions need to work closely in order to derive the best benefits of the TPPA.
Solomon also acknowledged and appreciated MITI and MOHR, who has always been accommodative to have continuous dialogue with the stakeholders on TPPA issues.
He also expressed sincere appreciation to all speakers and panellists for their insightful presentation made during the event which facilitated the participants to gather the realistic of TPPA.
FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS OF EMPLOYEES IN BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS (FEBFI)
DATE: April 20, 2016
For further details, you may call Mr J Solomon; General Secretary of FEBFI at 016-2297279.