Malasia - Sabah Forest Industries prevents unionisation (2013)

Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) has been using numerous tactics to prevent the formation of an independent union, the Sabah Timber Employees Union (STIEU). Workers have been struggling for trade union recognition since the early 2000s. The company publicly declared that it was committed to not opposing the formation of a union and that it was willing to facilitate this process. However, in reality it continues to deny workers the right to freedom of association. The Industrial Relations Department ordered SFI to submit the list of the employees eligible to vote in union elections by 21 August 2014. SFI is still delaying the submission of the list arguing the union must prove its competency first.

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