Make 5-day work week compulsory, says MTUC

July 16, 20149:48 am655 views
Make 5-day work week compulsory, says MTUC
Make 5-day work week compulsory, says MTUC

Putrajaya should make it compulsory for the private sector to implement a five-day work week to increase productivity, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) said today.

Its deputy secretary-general, A.Balasubramaniam, said this would also help to streamline the working days with government agencies, departments and financial institutions.

He said MTUC had been receiving complaints that many companies in the shipping, forwarding, logistic and ancillary service sectors were still practising a six-day work week with Saturdays as half-day.

An MTUC survey revealed that these companies dealt mainly with businesses that

closed on Saturdays.


“What use is it to open for business when your counterparts are closed?”

He added that it was a waste of time and money, besides lowering employee morale.

He said the Human Resources Ministry should take the initiative to educate these businesses on the benefits of a five-day work week, which, among others, provided leisure and quality time for employees to be with their families and friends, and improve the overall job satisfaction and quality of life.



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