Wednesday, October 08, 2014

MAS must withdraw the legal suit challenging the recognition of NUFAM - members need their Union during this precarious period in MAS.

After NUFAM was successful at the secret ballot(62.73%) and the Minister accorded recognition to NUFAM - MAS is challenging the recognition in Court.

Note that  when MAS(the employer) refused to recognize NUFAM's application for recognition, was there the need for a 'secret ballot' - whereby the qualified employees that will be entitled to vote whereby this list would have been agreed by NUFAM, MAS and the Registrar....and only then there was the secret ballot, where the outcome was 62.73% in favour of the Union...

Now, given the injustice already existing in this 'secret ballot' process, whereby those that did manage to come cast their ballot are counted as those opposing the recognition. Say if there are 100 qualified employees, NUFAM had to get 62 to come out and vote in favour of the union to achieve the 62% - and that is not an easy task. In our GE, all that is counted is what is in the ballot box, and those who never came and cast their votes is irrelevant as far as the outcome is concerned.

Now, at this time when MAS may be 're-structured' and many employees may lose their jobs, it is only just that NUFAM is effectively a recognized Union - hence MAS, or rather the government who now owns MAS, should really drop their legal challenge concerning the recognition of NUFAM - so that NUFAM would be best able to represent its members during this precarious period. 

In fact, MAS should also immediately reinstate the Union President, Secretary General, other union leaders and members so that a strong effective Union with all its leaders would be able to best represent NUFAM's members during this most precarious period - when jobs may be lost. NUFAM needs to focus to ensure the future wellbeing and welfare of all flight attendants in MAS.

See also:-

54 groups and unions:- Malaysian Airlines Must Respect Trade Union and Worker Rights Cease Anti-Union activities against NUFAM and its members



Stop MAS from wasting ‘millions’ suing employees, union tells Putrajaya

Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin had previously appealed to MAS and the authorities to consider the plight of MAS cabin crew who have been hit hard by the loss of more than 20 colleagues in two air disasters in 6 months. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 2, 2014.Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin had previously appealed to MAS and the authorities to consider the plight of MAS cabin crew who have been hit hard by the loss of more than 20 colleagues in two air disasters in 6 months. - The Malaysian Insider pic,   October 2, 2014. 
The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) claims that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is spending "millions" in legal suits against its employees and wants the government to probe such spending, more so at a time when the airline is bleeding financially.

The union said it had received complaints from MAS staff who want the ailing national carrier to stop pursuing legal action against its own employees and unions.

"The amount which MAS is spending is in the millions to file appeal cases or judicial reviews against workers and unions, which will put the company in further bad shape. They should stop this waste of funds for court battles," Nufam said in a statement today.

It called on the government to probe how MAS was able to finance these court battles even while declaring losses in its business. "MAS should instead respect the workers' rights as most of the time the employees and union leaders are victimised. MAS uses legal firms to threaten Nufam and its members for defending their rights at the workplace," Nufam claimed.

It said that MAS had employed two law firms to pursue cases against its employees, and called on the government to investigate the approving authority for funds to be used in such a manner.

"The government should step in and investigate this. Such huge amounts of money should be put to good use or to generate profits for the airline," Nufam said, and also claimed that the airline's workers had not been paid bonuses "all these years".

MAS is looking at a complete overhaul of its operations after suffering financial losses for years.
This could mean the loss of several thousands of jobs amounting up to 30% of its workforce of 20,000.

This comes in the wake of two major aviation disasters for the airline this year. MAS flight MH370 has been missing with 239 people on board, since it departed Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8.

Then, on July 17, flight MH17 from Amsterdam was shot down over Ukrainian air space, killing all 298 people on board. – October 2, 2014.

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