BWI Malaysian unions assist migrant workers in wood and forestry
The humanitarian assistance was made possible through the BWI Covid-19 Solidarity Initiative, intended to help workers during the pandemic by providing assistance in a number of areas, including humanitarian provisions, safety equipment and campaign support.
“Malaysia is now returning to work and most of the wood and forestry sector is back in operation. However, workers’ incomes have been severely squeezed since the start of the lockdown,” said Azlan bin Yaacob, General Secretary of the Timber Employees Union of Peninsula Malaysia (TEUPM).
For its part, the Sabah Timber Industry Employees Union delivered food aid to migrant workers at the Ikut Maju factory in Tawau worksites.
“Most workers in this industry are migrants from Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia, who are working under a ‘no work, no pay’ basis. We are upset that their employers did not do more to support them during the lockdown. We are therefore happy that BWI was able to facilitate needed assistance during these difficult times,” STIEU General Secretary Engrit Liaw said.