Whilst National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) have been vocal on the new MAS Bill, that puts all existing MAS employees in limbo - and even possibly result in the end of all MAS In-House Unions and Associations. When this becomes law, MAS would have no more assets or work - so all employees would be terminated - nay, retrenched. But will there be any money in MAS to even pay all these about 20,000 employees their retrenchment/termination benefits.
The proposed new law is already clear that Malaysian Airlines Berhad (MAB) will have the sole discretion as to who it employs. So, maybe some of the current MAS employees will be re-employed and some not. Will those re-employed even enjoy the same wages and benefits - well, no guarantees and it all will depend very much on the new employer?
What happens to the wrongful dismissal cases in court against MAS? Well, you would not be able to get reinstated if MAS is no more. Compensation - well, if MAS has no money, how will they be able to pay compensation? Wind-up MAS - well, would that not be a futile exercise when all the assets are gone.
Negotiation with trade unions and associations
28. (1) All matters to be discussed or negotiated between the Malaysia Airlines Berhad and—
(a) any trade union duly recognized by the Malaysia Airlines Berhad in accordance with the Industrial Relations Act 1967 and the Trade Unions Act 1959; and
(b) any association recognized by the Malaysia Airlines Berhad,
shall be by way of meetings....