Cuepacs against six-hour working day

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GEORGE TOWN: The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Civil Service (Cuepacs) is not in favour of six-hour working days.

Its president Azih Muda also said those who supported that the current eight-hour working day be shortened to a six-hour regime, were lazy people.

“No one works eight hours straight. Workers go for coffee breaks, go out to take their children from school and do many other things. Hence, Cuepacs is against the idea,” he told a press conference after opening the Kesatuan Anggota KEMAS’ biennial meeting, here today.

The six-hour working day was suggested by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).

Azih also said he feared that if the six-hour regime was implemented, it would affect those paid by the hour, as their take home pay would shrink, especially with the present cost of living getting increasingly more expensive.

“We hope that the government will think the matter through thoroughly and that working hours will not be cut but that salaries will be increased,” he said.

On another matter, Azih said Cuepacs also hoped that the Ministry of Finance would abolish short-term contracts as it was oppressive to workers as they were not entitled to benefits such as Sosco and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions.

Azih said that Cuepacs received many complaints from such workers and was of the opinion that these conditions were unjust.

“We hope that contract workers can be given a minimum of two years contract and above to ensure their wellbeing and we hope Prime Minister Najib Razak will take this into consideration in the upcoming budget announcement,” he said.

Najib is scheduled to table the 2017 Budget in Parliament on Oct 21 and has called upon the public, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and academicians, to give their ideas for the budget.