ALOR SETAR, April 23 – The government has approved a total of 315 Trade Union Development Grant (GPKS) applications nationwide this year with an allocation of RM2.6 million, the Deputy Minister of Trade has said. Human Resources Datuk Awang Hashim.
He said the approved grants would serve as an incentive to help more unions in the country carry out activities, including education development and skills development efforts.
“We received 613 applications this year, but after the selection, only 315 were approved to receive the grants. For those who fail, maybe they can reapply next year.
“It is hoped that government assistance in the form of this grant can encourage the development of education and lifelong learning, particularly to improve the skills of union leaders and members,” he said. at Bernama today.
Previously, he officiated the Trade Union Outreach program and presented the Grants for the Department of Labor Affairs (JHEKS) (North Zone), here.
Awang said out of the 315 applications approved, 47 of them were from Kedah, Penang and Perlis (for the northern area) which were approved for a value of RM210,100.
In the meantime, he said the government was also making changes to the Trade Unions Act 1959 (Act 262) and hoped it would be fully supported by all trade unions.
“The effort to amend this law is an important step in creating a legal framework that supports the establishment and administration of mature, aggressive and relevant unions,” he said. — Bernama