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Form tripartite taskforce to monitor worker safety, MTUC tells Penang

While welcoming the State Commission of Inquiry into the Tanjung Bungah landslide, Penang Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) urged that "non-partisan, competent and aptly qualified" people be appointed as members of the commission.

MTUC Penang division secretary K Veeriah said the state government ought to also consider a "tripartite task force" to monitor safety standards not only at construction sites but also in manufacturing and other employment-related places of operation.

"Though it may be argued that such jurisdiction would be with the Department of Occupational Health and Safety, it is our view that employers have both a moral and corporate responsibility to ensure the safety, welfare and well-being of their workers," Veeriah told Malaysiakini...

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