‘Union’s role is to find best solution for workers’ rights’


Alihan presents a memento to Mohamed Shafie (centre), while Abdul Razak looks on. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The role played by UNI Global Union is to negotiate with companies on finding the best solution on issues relating to the rights of workers.

Uni Global Union Malaysia president Datuk Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal said this when attending the launch of the 11th triennial delegates conference of the Union of Telecoms Employees Sarawak (UTES) here yesterday.

The meeting yesterday was to elect new UTES board members for the next three years.

UNI Global Union, based in Nyon, Switzerland, represents more than 20 million workers from over 150 countries.

UTES president Mohd Alihan Jais stressed the union is not demanding any special treatment from the management of Telekom Malaysia (TM), except that employees be treated with respect and dignity.

“TM needs leaders who can make a difference. If we are serious about change, we have to take challenging steps that will make a difference. We need people who will ask the hard questions,” he said in his speech.

Meanwhile, Telekom Malaysia human capital general manager Abdul Razak Hussin said that digitalisation has presented a challenge in which the old way of thinking and work culture has to change.

“We need to act fast to overcome challenges and accustom ourselves the changes in the digital era so we can still achieve the ultimate goals of the company.”