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Unions should be bridges between workers and employers Dr Mahathir

5 month ago, 05-Dec-2018

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) arrives to launch the 21st congress of the UnionofPos Malaysia UniformedStaff (UPUS) today. – Bernama photo

SHAH ALAM: Unions should act as “bridges between workers and employers and no longer function as facilitators of pickets to push their demands, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said unions must play this role because the expectations of workers or employers change from time to time and are becoming more complex.

“Today, unions can no longer just be champions of workers like before, organisingpickets and other demonstrations to pressure employers.

“As the go-between between workers and companies, unions that are dynamic is very important, he said when opening the 21st congress of the UnionofPos Malaysia UniformedStaff (UPUS) here today.

Also present was the unions vice president,Ahmad Tarmizi Taib, who is also discharging the duties of thepresident, and the top management of Pos Malaysia.

Dr Mahathir said unions should practise moderation, be proactive and show tolerance in all matters, thus becoming good bridges between workers and employers.

He said fast-changing technology, automation and robotics, if not embraced quickly will result in workers being left behind and not becoming relevant.

“Unions should have the capacity to understand the changes that are happening and play their role to ensureworkers are not left behind because offast-paced changes, he said.

At the event attended by 147UPUSdelegates, Dr Mahathiralso praised Pos Malaysia for taking on challenges in a fast-changing world and emerging as an e-commerce pioneer in Malaysia.

“The challenge now is embracing diversification in the business and service sectors, and Pos Malaysia, Ibelieve, will continue to innovate to remain relevant, he said.

“The matter also demands the management and workers to change in the interest of all,what more withPos Malaysia also playinga role in the development ofthe country, he said.

In this regard, Dr Mahathircommended UPUSas a dominant union as well as for playing a role in shaping harmony in its relations with the company.

In thecontext ofPos Malaysia, I understand UPUSwas established in 1959 and is one of the oldest unions in Malaysia.

“With a membership of almost 7,000, it is a dominant union andplaysa role in maintaining harmony in its relations with the company, he said.

Dr Mahathiralso called on the 147 delegates to examine and pore through issues relating to challenges faced by the postal industry besides coming out with ideas to improve the sector.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Tarmiziin his speechsaid the policy of privatisation in the country inspired by Dr Mahathir had succeeded in producing more competitive workers with higher productivity in Pos Malaysia. – Bernama


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