KUALA LUMPUR: The government has given the Industrial Relations Department (IRD) a 90-day timeframe to settle 1,970 pending cases related to retrenchment of workers.
Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran said officers of the department have been told to ensure the cases were settled within the given period.
“Regardless if it’s the weekend, public holidays or they have to work late nights, the officers must settle the cases.
“The cases should be disposed of as soon as possible because this is about the welfare of the workers, their family and source of income,” he said, adding that to expedite the process, he will assist the IRD.
Kulasegaran said any retrenched worker may refer to the IRD within 60 days for an investigation to be carried.
Speaking to reporters after visiting IRD today, Kulasegaran said he was also concerned with the amount of overdue cases referred to the Industrial Court throughout 2018.
As of April 30, the Industrial Court has handled a total of 3,687 cases and only 912 cases have been successfully disposed of.
“The Industrial Court has also agreed to dispose cases as soon as possible without compromising on quality.
“That means they hear your cases out, listen to all the witnesses involved for a decision to be made.
"Otherwise, cases with certain fundamentals will be referred to the department's director general.” he said.