Malasia - Anti-union attitudes persist (2011)

Putrajaya Holdings Sdn (PJH), a subsidiary of Petronas, attempted to remove members of the recently organised Union of Employees in the Construction Industry (UECI), a Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) affiliate. After UECI submitted its claim for recognition on 13 March, PJH officials attempted to coerce the 120 UECI members to resign and then be rehired as outsourced employees. All workers refused to comply with management’s demands. MTUC was due to file a report on the unlawful activities of PJH Management to the Director General of Industrial Relations (DGIR).

On 27 December, the MTUC wrote to Minister of Human Resources, S. Subramaniam to register MTUC’s objections to the conduct of a union representation election at Spenser Gloves Manufacturing Bhd (Spenser), formerly known as Seal Polymer Industries Bhd. The letter documented Spenser’s illegal conduct prior to the election and the government’s long delay in holding the ballot.

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