"With the increase, the lowest basic salary (received by Grade N1 cooks) will be RM649.15 a month compared with RM480.85 before the increment. With fixed allowances, the lowest total monthly income will be RM1,024.15 compared with RM805.85 currently.Now the Malaysian Trades Union Congress tells us that 4 million out of the 10 million workers in the private sector still get paid below the poverty line!
This lifts the lowest-paid civil servants off the poverty line, an issue which Cuepacs had raised several times. The poverty line is RM691 in the peninsula, RM888 in Sabah and RM765 in Sarawak." [Read the rest of the story here.]
"Basic wages of plantation workers remained below RM400 per month while collective agreements in the non-metallic mineral products industry provided wages between RM400 and RM550.The MTUC is demanding a RM900 minimum wage or it will go on a nationwide picket on Monday (June 25) unless they hear from the Prime Minister. [read the story here].
"Even in Johor Baru, where the cost of living is high, industrial workers are paid as low as RM390. Five-star hotels in Kuala Lumpur are paying a basic wage of RM290 per month to cleaners and waiters," said MTUC president Syed Shahrir Syed Mohd [www.syedshahir.blogsome.com]