Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) Workers Day 2015 celebration in Shah Alam
SHAH ALAM, May 1 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has urged the Selangor government to fulfill the pledge made by former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to allocate a piece of land in the state to build a training centre for private workers.
Its secretary-general N. Gopal Kishnam said the training centre had been long awaited by MTUC as they wanted to train and educate employees in employee leadership.
“MTUC has sent numerous letters to the Selangor government for the land but yet to receive a favourable response. We hope to get some good news soon,” he told Bernama after attending a gathering to celebrate the Workers’ Day at Dataran Kemerdekaan here Friday.
Abdul Khalid in his address during Workers’ Day celebration on May 1, 2014 had said the state government was ready to allocate a piece of land in Selangor to MTUC to build their own training centre.
On another matter, Gopal Kishnam urged the government to set the minimum wage at RM1,200 per month and said the union was waiting for good news over the matter by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Labour Day today.
He said the minimum wage for private sector workers was set at RM900 for Peninsular Malaysia and RM800 in Sabah and Sarawak at present.
Gopal Kishnam also urged the government to provide a cost of living allowance of RM300 for private sector workers to cope with the rising cost of living which he claimed was due to the implementation of six per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) introduced on April 1.