Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3 years plus and still no recognition of union by RENESAS

On 14/3/2013, Electronic Industry Employees Union Western Region, Peninsular Malaysia (EIEUWR)/ Kesatuan Sekerja Industri Elektronik Wilayah Barat Semenjung  Malaysia(KSIEWBSM) and the workers of RENESAS again had a protest picket at the Ministry of Human Resources at Putrajaya. 

These workers have been struggling to get their UNION recognized by  RENESAS Semiconductor KL Sdn Bhd (formerly known as NEC Semiconductors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd], whereby in Malaysia, only after recognition, will the UNION be able to effectively enter into negotiations and a Collective Agreement with RENESAS on behalf of the workers of RENESAS. 

All employers need to is to accord recognition to the UNION when it submits an application to the employer for recognition - BUT alas, many companies just do not want Unions, and they do not accord recognition - and even worse come up with all kinds of objections, even court cases, even termination of union leader/s. 

When the employer does not accord recognition, then the government in the form of Director General of Industrial Relations steps in, and the process towards conducting a 'secret ballot'  among qualified employees of the said employer starts. For this process, the employer also needs to do certain things, like the submission of FORM B  - but alas, despite repeated request, RENESAS has yet to submit Form B - and things are just not moving 

These workers have been trying to get recognition of their UNION, EIEUWR/KSIEWBSM since January 2010 - and it has been more than THREE(3) years...

Wan Noorulazhar, the President of the Union, was also wrongfully dismissed by RENESAS in August 2011, but he still leads the workers in their struggle for recognition. His wrongful dismissal trial is yet to start in the Industrial Court

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