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Gerakan welcomes the tabling of the National Wage Consultation Council Bill 2011 at the parliament Press Statement by Vice Chairman of Gerakan Central Bureau on the Law and Human Rights, Jayanthi Devi Balaguru

Gerakan welcomes the tabling of the National Wage Consultation Council Bill 2011 at the parliament. Vice Chairman of Gerakan Central Bureau on the Law and Human Rights Jayanthi Devi Balaguru says, it is Barisan Nasional Government’s sincerity to implement the minimum wage policy by the end of this year. Gerakan has been challenging for the implementation of a minimum wage policy for a long time. Minimum wage policy is in accordance with Gerakan’s Constitution in encouraging and promoting healthy trade unionism and uplifting the conditions and standards of living of the working population to strive towards a fair and just society. 
 
Jayanthi says that the proposed setting up of the National Wages Consultative Council should not only be independent but must be seen to be independent. The Council Members must comprise of members who have sufficient knowledge and experience. The minimum wage that is determined must be acceptable to the employers and the employees and the crucial consideration point amongst others should be the cost of living.

“Minimum wage will provide the working population with decent living wages which would result in better spending power and boosting of the economy as demands increases,” said Jayanthi.

Jayanthi said, in response to an introduction of a minimum wage, employers will seek to get more value from their employees. They will invest in training to ensure the skills of their workers develop and thus are more productive. A minimum wage that results in the increased training and skills of workers is likely to attract foreign investment in Malaysia as workers here will still be relatively cheaper than in the West yet higher skilled.

She also said that a minimum wage is necessary for Malaysia to realize its aspiration to become a high income nation by the year 2020.  Only by passing a Minimum Wage Bill and implementing the policy nationwide would there be visible changes on the lives of the general public who are wage earners.

Jayanthi who is also Gerakan Wanita Secretary General said that Gerakan hopes that the tabling of the National Wage Consultation Council Bill 2011 will be a smooth one and the party looks forward to the implementation of the bill by the end of this year as vowed by the government.