Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri has instructed all government-linked companies and government-linked investment companies to appoint representatives of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) as their board members.
He said that the move was an effort to add value to transparency, apart from enabling the voice of employees to be taken into account in all decisions made by the board.
“It is the government’s hope that the employee representatives will also play a role in administrative matters later. Workers should also maintain stability, unity and industrial relations not only among themselves but also with the government and employers for the success of the national development process,” he said at the opening of the MTUC’s 42nd triennial delegates’ conference here today.
Ismail Sabri also described MTUC, which represents 16.5 million workers in the country, as a good government partner and plays an important role in helping to revive the country’s economy which is now entering the transition phase to endemic.
MTUC officials are given the honour of being members of various statutory and special bodies including the National Labour Advisory Council, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and the Social Security Organisation (Socso).
“This recognition proves the government’s confidence and trust in MTUC to jointly consider and voice the problems of workers to help improve their welfare,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also announced an annual grant allocation of RM4 million to MTUC to implement significant awareness and training programmes like reskilling and upskilling to ensure Malaysia has a competitive workforce.
The MTUC’s 42nd triennial delegates’ conference, which will take place for two days starting today, will see the election of the new leader of the trade union congress for the 2023-2025 term.