Publish list of employers receiving cash aid, says MTUC

MTUC says companies must not misuse financial assistance meant to keep their workers employed.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Trades Unions Congress (MTUC) has called on the government to publish a list of recipients of the special relief facility (SRF) and Employers Insurance Scheme (EIS) to avoid abuse.

Its secretary-general J Solomon said this would facilitate two-way accountability where workers would be able to ascertain if their employers were SRF or EIS recipients and, if so, the value of the assistance.

“This information will assist workers who were laid off or forced to take pay cuts despite their employers being given the financial assistance to bring their case to the authorities,” he said in a statement.

Solomon said that in recent weeks, there had been numerous reports of workers being forced to take pay cuts or retrenched arbitrarily by employers which had benefited from government aid packages such as the SRF.

“While we are saying this may not be the norm, the onus is on the government to ensure that the funds are not misused at a time when everyone is chipping in to make sure workers are kept in employment,” he said.

He said the government must ensure that the billions of ringgit in financial assistance achieved its core objective of ensuring that workers remain employed.

Employers in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) would be made accountable if a list of aid recipients was available, he said.

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