Women and Trade Unions in West Malaysia

by Dr. Rohana Ariffin

The nature and history of the trade union movement in Malaysia had been well documented by many writers. But most of the literature written are articles documenting the labour movement as it was before the sixties; relatively few are on the movement after that period. However, there are various annual reports from the government and the unions concerned regarding the various activities of labour within the country. But on women’s role and participation in the labour movement, both contemporary and in the past, there is almost no material available. In view of this situation, the role played by women is completely buried. This means the feminine perspective to labour history is absent. The article below attempts to provide a background to an understanding of women’s contribution to the trade union movement in West Malaysia.

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