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NUBE bids good riddance to Wahid

 | May 16, 2013

The union also thanks Najib for shifting Subramaniam out of the Human Resource Ministry.

PETALING JAYA: The National Union for Bank Employees (NUBE) is glad that Abdul Wahid Omar is leaving his job as Maybank’s chief executive officer to assume his new position as a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

“We’re happy that Wahid, who has caused a lot of problems for us, is finally out of the picture,” NUBE General Secretary J Solomon said today.

NUBE is engaged in an ongoing dispute with Maybank over the latter’s decision in January 2011 to form an in-house union for its employees. The union blames Abdul Wahid, as the bank’s president and CEO, for the decision. “He broke our relationship with the bank,” said Solomon.

In Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s new cabinet, Abdul Wahid is the minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit.

Solomon said NUBE was also thankful that Najib had replaced Dr S Subramaniam with Richard Riot as the Human Resource Minister.

Subramaniam, who is now the Health Minister, defended the formation of Maybank’s in-house union and was one of the main targets of NUBE’s series of street demonstrations.

“We hope Riot will rectify the wrongdoings of Subramaniam and the ministry officials,” Solomon said.

One of these, he added, was the ministry’s explanation to the Internal Labour Union (ILO) that a Malaysian court had ruled the registration of the in-house union as correct and within the powers of the Director-General of Trade Unions.

That explanation followed complaints lodged with ILO by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress.

“We also want Riot to correct the misleading written response given by Subramaniam in Parliament in defending the in-house union,” Solomon said. “Subramaniam’s response on April 3, 2012 implied that NUBE was not effectively fighting for bank employees.”

Solomon also demanded the de-registration of Maybank’s in-house union and an end to what he said was the Human Resource Ministry’s campaign to break up trade unions.

Among demands that are not related to the Maybank issue, NUBE wants Riot to ensure that the Industrial Relations Department play its role as a peacemaker more effectively. Solomon alleged that the department was currently doing nothing more than pushing disputes to the Industrial Court.

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