Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Better, brighter future for workers under PR

P.140 Segamat (13th General Election on May 5, 2013)
46,262 (20,093/43.43% Malays; 21,393/46.24% Chinese; 4,641/10.03% Indians)
Vote for Change, for our children’s future

Better, brighter future for workers under PR

ON THIS Labour Day (May 1, 2013) I would like to thank workers nationwide for their contribution to our national economy and nation building.
This nation has prospered on the sweat of your tireless labour and your unrelenting determination to provide a better future for your children and grandchildren.

A grateful nation recognises the sacrifices you have made to bring us to where we are today, and a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government will ensure that all your work shall bear fruit.

We will correct the current policies of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) government that favours large corporations over workers.

We will correct the changes made by BN-Umno to the Employment Act 1955, the Industrial Relations Acts 1967 and the Trade Unions Act 1959 that allows the insertion of a third party between employer and employee relationships, which enables employers to deny any responsibility when employees are unjustly or wrongfully terminated. We have seen cases where workers are terminated because of their trade union activities.

The Malaysia Trade Union Congress (MTUC) was against this amendment, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) was against this amendment, and PR stands against this amendment.

PR believes deeply that our national prosperity rests on the wellbeing of our workers. We will pursue a fairer and more transparent environment that will benefit both workers and employers, and contribute to greater productivity and profits for all. We will reverse the policies that create a hostile working environment for our workers and replace them with policies that cultivate smarter partnerships between trade unions, employers and employees.

To further the social safety net for our plantation workers and their families, we will establish a National Commodity Fund with an initial fund of RM100 million with the intention of helping those affected by sudden drops in commodity prices by giving them RM500 a month through our National Commodity Assistance scheme.

I urge you to study our policies and compare them against the regressive policies of the BN-Umno government towards you.

Therefore, come Sunday (May 5, 2013), I ask the workers of this great nation to seize the opportunity to elect a government that will safeguard your interests and the fruits of your labour.

Ini Kalilah! Ubah!

Dato’ Chua Jui Meng
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president
Johor PKR chairman
PKR Candidate for P140 Segamat