MTUC Sarawak supports ILO’s Convention 190

Andrew Lo

KUCHING, June 28: Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak today expresses its support for Convention 190 (C190) of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to eliminate harassment and violence in the workplace.

Its secretary-general, Andrew Lo, said C190 is consistent with the objective of MTUC.

On the initial stance of MTUC, where MTUC president Datuk Abdul Salim Mansor voted against Convention 190, Lo said it was due to “some misconception”.

“Datuk Halim who voted against the C190, we believe could have been due to some misconception. As the reason quoted in the media due to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) is not valid since the final document for adoption has removed those words,” said Lo in a statement today.

Lo stressed that protection for every worker in Malaysia is the responsibility of MTUC.

Malaysia had initially taken a neutral stance on C190 following consultation with Malaysia’s largest unions in the private sector, namely MTUC and Malaysian Employers’ Federation.

Both groups had initially declined to ratify the treaty. — DayakDaily