Sunday, July 18, 2010


KUALA LUMPUR: Every subsidiary Company is allowed to set up its own in-house Trade Union , the High Court ruled. Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh made the ruling yesterday in a Judicial Review application filed by an in-house Trade Union British America Tobacco (Malaysia) Bhd. Employees Union (BATEU).

 He held that the law allowed for the Trade Union Director General  to register in-house Trade Unions although there is a national union of workers to protect the rights of employees in that specific industry.
In the application filed on November 14, 2007 the union applied to overturn the decision of Trade Union Director General dated October 29, 2007 who held that the union could no longer represent the employees of the Tobacco Importers & Manufacturers Sdn. Bhd. and Commercial Marketing & Distributors Sdn. Bhd.  which are BATEU subsidiary Companies.

Apart from a stay order , the union sought for costs and further relief  deemed fit by the Court. The Judge dismissed the application with costs.

The Unions's lawyer V.K. Raj told the Judge that he had received instructions to file an appeal. 

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