On behalf of the TUI BIFU, comrade C.H. Venkatachalam addressed the following letter to the affiliated and friendly organizations to the express protest against the victimization of trade union leaders by Maybank, Malaysia and to extend support to NUBE, Malaysia which is being under attack. TUI BIFU calls the organizations of the sector and the workers in the region and internationally to express solidarity to the bankworkers of Malaysia.
We are aware that National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) Malaysia is a founder-affiliate of AROBIFU. NUBE is a well reputed and responsible trade union organisation in Malaysia representing and championing the cause of bank employees in Malaysia for decades. In the recent period, NUBE has become a special target by the management of Maybank Behrad, a Government run banking company. Denial of basic trade union rights, violation of Collective Agreements, victimization of trade union activists, etc. have been on the increase.
In Maybank, in contravention of the rules and laws, the management has been boosting and encouraging a local in-house union and creating conditions detrimental to the interests of NUBE just because NUBE is pointing out the deficiencies in the policies of the Bank. NUBE has been taking various steps against these illegal and unfair labour practices. Unfortunately, even the Government has not taken the right steps to correct the situation, rather they are supporting the wrong actions of the management.
Whileso, in continuation of these attacks, recently two important leaders of NUBE – Brother Abdul Jamil bin Jalaludeen, Vice President and Brother Chen ka Fatt, Treasurer, both of whom are employees of Maybank, have been dismissed from the Bank.
What has been the reason for the dismissal ? Not any fraud or dishonest actions or any action of indiscipline on their part. Both of them just displayed a banner outside the UNI-ILO buildings in Geneva with the saying “ Maybank robs poor workers”. This was a part of the Union’s campaign programme to draw the attention of the ILO about what is going in Maybank. But the management has dismissed our leaders for this ‘crime’. This is highly provocative, revengeful, unwarranted and unacceptable. NUBE is taking measures to get justice and reverse these attacks.
From AROBIFU, we express our whole-hearted support and solidarity with NUBE and we record our strong protest and condemnation against these anti-labour actions of the Maybank management. Trade union rights cannot be allowed to be trampled under foot by the employers. They have to respect trade unions. They have to recognize trade union rights.
To express our support to NUBE, we request all our affiliates and all trade unions in the banking-finance sector to kindly send a protest letter to the Government of Malaysia.
Find attached form for solidarity letter