Appointment of Members of the National Wages Consultative Council for 2017-2020
Putrajaya, 12 October – 25 members of the National Wages Consultative Council (NWCC) have been appointed for the period of 2017 – 2020. The appointments consist of a Chairman, a Deputy Chairman, a Secretary, 5 Government representatives, 6 Employees’ representatives, 6 Employers’ representatives and 5 Others’ representatives. The Instrument of Appointment has been presented by YB Dato’ Sri (Dr) Richard Riot Anak Jaem, Minister of Human Resources.
The newly appointed NWCC members term of office commence from 1 October 2017 till 30 September 2020 for a period of 3 years and their appointment is in accordance with subsection 5(1) of the National Wages Consultative Council 2011 Act (Act 732). The Ministry hope the new NWCC members will play an active role in advising the Government on matters related to wages and minimum wages, besides reviewing the Minimum Wages Order 2016 and submit recommendations on the new minimum wages to the Government.
As part of the exercise to review the Minimum Wages Order 2016, the Ministry of Human Resources has established an online consultation platform for the public known as MyMPGN idea which can be accessed via http://minimumwages.mohr.gov.my. The Ministry hope the public can give their views and feedbacks on all aspects of minimum wages that can be used as an input in the reviewing process before 31 December 2017.
Discussions and consultations with stakeholders will be held in the near future as part of the review process of the Minimum Wages Order 2016. Participation from the employers, employees, unions, association and organisation is welcomed so that the review can be done effectively by taking into consideration the views and feedbacks from all stakeholders involved.
As of June 2017, enforcement data on minimum wages based on inspection done by Labour Department has shown that out of 142,151 labour inspections, 98% of the employers inspected have complied with the Minimum Wages Order. Besides, the number of complaints and claims filed at the Labour Courts in the Labour Department has also dropped in 2017 as compared to the early time when we started to implement the Minimum Wages. This is a positive development.
Minimum wages policy is an important policy in assisting the country to achieve a high income nation by year 2020. Besides, this policy is also a crucial intervention policy to increase the income of workers especially the B40 group.
The Minister of Human Resources also expressed his appreciation to the previous NWCC members who have contributed immensely in ensuring that NWCC performs its function as per the requirement of the Act. As such, the new appointment of NWCC members is crucial in ensuring the continuity of the implementation of the minimum wages policy.