Thousands protest for workers' rights on Labor Day

Thousands protest for workers’ rights on Labor Day

Thousands protest for workers' rights on Labor DayIn honor of Labor Day, about a thousand workers marched to Dataran Merdeka to seek improved rights, such as a higher minimum wage, Free Malaysia Today reported.

With the support of sixty organizations, including Muda, Bersih, Empower, and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM). Participants in the rally marched from Menara Maybank for thirty minutes.

The movement organizers are calling for living wages. Arguing that the 2022 minimum wage order’s RM1,500 minimum salary is still insufficient given the rising cost of living.

They added that not all employees received this amount of pay.

“B40 citizens, especially workers, small traders, students, non-formal workers, and the unemployed, have been hit hard by the high cost of living. Middle-class citizens also face the same issues,” said the rally’s organizers in a statement.

The demands of the workers include:

  • Raising the minimum wage to RM2,000.

  • Providing a universal basic income of RM1,000 to all non-formal sector workers.

  • Ensuring employment for all.

  • Protecting the rights of migrant workers.

According to Malaysiakini, PSM chairman Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj stated that over the past 50 years, the GDP has increased 24 times, but worker incomes have only increased by 1.3 times.

“The country’s prosperity is the result of our collective efforts. Yet, the benefits have been disproportionately low (for workers),” he was quoted as saying.


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