Malasia - Railway workers dismissed for picketing

A total of 97 leaders and activists of the Railwaymen’s Union of Malaya (RUM) were dismissed by KTMB (Malayan Railways Ltd) for taking part in a picket on 9 May 2014 over safety concerns arising from the use of old locomotives. Both the RUM president, Abdul Razak Md Hasan, and deputy president, R. Subramanian, were among those dismissed. Eighty-eight KTMB members were issued with show-cause notices (which require them to make a court appearance to explain why legal action should not be taken against them). In November it was reported that the sacked workers would be reinstated, further to lobbying by the Malaysian Trade Union Congress.

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