Malaysia – NUBE to picket over ‘racially motivated’ dismissal

July 29, 20135:05 pm1160 views

The National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) will stage a picket in front of Bank Muamalat headquarters starting this Tuesday to protest against what it says was a “racially motivated” dismissal of a clerk by the bank.

NONENUBE’s honorary secretary general J Solomon said that Katheriene Vimala, a 22-year employee at the bank, was dismissed “without just cause” on June 7 for failing to attend a syariah refresher training programmes and Anti-Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism training, which were all held on her rest day.

The union said it has “prima facie evidence” that the dismissal was racially motivated.

“Does Bank Muamalat have any evidence to rebut these accusations? Bank Muamalat has been in denial,” he said in a statement today.

“Katheriene was ruthlessly dismissed, without just cause and in the process violating the dispute settlement consultation procedures set out in collective agreement signed with NUBE and natural justice,” Solomon said.

Katheriene is the only Indian clerk in the bank’s northern region branches.

The picket will take place every day up until the Hari Raya festivities, or until Katheriene is reinstated to her position, NUBE said.


Bank: No racial discrimination

Last week, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamay also raised the issue of Katheriene’s dismissal at a press conference in Penang.

Bank Muamalat however has denied that the sacking was racially motivated, insisting that the anti-money laundering training was compulsory under Bank Negara.

“We have followed the proper procedures. There is no racial discrimination. It was not about her union activities,” the bank’s human resources department head Mohd Rasol Raman Mustapha told Malaysiakini last week.

“Her termination was purely based on her non-attendance at the training, which is compulsory and mandated by Bank Negara,” he added.

“We advise her to go through the proper channel to bring up her grievances,” added the bank’s industrial relations department chief.



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