August 17, 2016: A High Court ex parte injunction today ordered Bank Muamalat to restore full status quo within 48 hours to three lowly paid Messengers who had been harassed, intimidated and deceived by the bank for months now. With this, justice has finally been rendered to these workers.
The High Court order was a response to an application from the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) to restore status quo Mohd Azan bin Abd Rahim, Mohd Zaki bin Khalib and Wan Rosli bin Wan Mansor, the affected workers. They had been forcibly transferred to Bank Muamalat’s head office in Kuala Lumpur and eventually terminated under the guise of retrenchment.
Justice Dato’ Nik Hasmat Binti Nik Mohamad granted the Injunction against Bank Muamalat by way of an Order dated August 16, 2016.
The Order directs Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad to transfer the work place of Mohd Azan bin Abd Rahim, Mohd Zaki bin Khalib and Wan Rosli bin Wan Mansor from the head office in Jalan Melaka, Kuala Lumpur to their original place of work within 48 hours of the date of the Order.
The sealed Order was served on Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad, Human Resources Division, this morning, said NUBE General Secretary J Solomon.
He also said that this Injunction was a last resort action by NUBE since Bank Muamalat has been manipulative and dishonest in its treatment of the poor workers, leading their termination under the guise of retrenchment on August 12, 2016.
The actions of Bank Muamalat are not in compliance with the Collective Agreement between NUBE and the Malayan Commmercial Banks Association, labour laws, principles of Islamic banking, OSHA, and ethical principles.
We hope Bank Muamalat will resume discussions with NUBE to resolve the dispute reasonably at the negotiation table.