Thursday, August 6, 2009

Workers In Danger Of Losing Jobs

PORT KLANG, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- More than 1,000 local workers here, are in danger of losing their jobs because of the intense competition from cheap foreign labour.

Companies providing ancilliary services to the shipping industry are allegedly under-cutting each other by charging rates lower than the agreed quantum.

Some of them were able to do this by employing cheap foreign labour, according to the Union of Employees of Port Ancilliary Services (UNIPASS) secretary A. Balasubramaniam here on Wednesday.

He said this unhealthy competition would "in the long run, contribute to the deterioration of services at the port."

Balasubramaniam, who is also Malaysian Trades Union Congress vice-president, called on the Port Klang Authority which was the licensing body, to ensure companies carried out their businesses in a responsible manner, without endangering the livelihood of the workers and the reputation of the port.

-- BERNAMA

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