About 150 protesters from 27 unions were picketing at Kampung Pasir along the Skudai highway yesterday.
An equal number of police personnel were present. The picket was headed by the Johor MTUC chairman, Tan Eng Hong, who was also the president of NUBE (National Union of Banking Employees).
They were protesting against two amendments to the Employment Act, relating to overtime payment and allowing companies to outsource labour from third parties rather than employing them directly.
Protesters were advised to move to an inner road to continue their picket for safety reasons. More people are joining the picket after rushing from their places of work. Tan says the union expects more than 300 people to join the picket.