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Give foreign workers humane homes, says MTUC

Free Malaysia Today, Malaysia, 28 April 2021 - Employers in the country need to provide humane living conditions for foreign workers, not only for their comfort but also because it will help prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) said.

In a special International Workers’ Memorial Day message, the workers’ union said national policy and measures to flatten the curve of the pandemic require significant consideration of issues facing migrant workers, including fulfilling their basic needs, guaranteeing their welfare and upholding labour standards.

“The issue of unsatisfactory living conditions provided for foreign workforce has been a cause of concern for MTUC all this while.

“We have observed that most foreign workers in the country stay in overcrowded, cramped dormitories, construction site cabins and shoplot rooms where physical distancing may be almost impossible to observe,” MTUC deputy president Mohd Effendy Abdul Ghani said.

He was speaking after addressing some 50 trade union leaders affiliated with MTUC in conjunction with the International Workers’ Memorial Day celebration at Wisma MTUC here today.

The International Workers’ Memorial Day or Workers’ Mourning Day, celebrated annually on April 28, is a day of remembrance and action for people killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

In a related matter, Effendy has urged the government not to further delay the enforcement of Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446) to ensure employers provide proper and conducive living conditions for foreign workers, besides addressing human trafficking in labour-intensive industries.



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