100 workers of Tenom mill may go on strike
Tenom: The intention to stage a peaceful demonstration to demand for a reasonable salary scheme is still very much on the minds of some 100 workers of an established oil palm mill here despite a recent dialogue with their general manager.
The workers had earlier planned the strike, claiming they were still earning an income below the poverty level as against the high cost of living, although they have been with the company for almost five years.
But the general manager duly called for a dialogue Thursday before they could do so.
After the meeting that began at 10am and lasted for an hour, Sabah Plantation Industry Employees Union (Spieu) President, Munadi Bakri, told Daily Express that he would submit suggestions and resolutions that have been agreed on during the dialogue to the company which is based in the peninsula.
“If the employment does not accede to our requests, then the workers would immediately cease working.
If this happens, production would be jeopardised,” he cautioned. He hoped their employer would positively view their action as a “win-win” situation.
According to him, a daily-paid worker currently receives RM12.50, while monthly paid workers get RM312. There is no overtime claim.
Meanwhile, a worker, Sinaran Sius, 49, wants the relevant Ministry to seriously take note of their plight.
“We like to work, but our take-home pay is only RM240, after deductions and simply not enough to support our families.
He said he and his co-workers would continue working as usual following the decisions made at the dialogue. The boycott is very much alive, unless of course if their request is met in good time.