“I came in early. The security guards were not even at their booth yet at the time. I did my work as usual, manning the airport traffic.
“Suddenly, one of the security personnel came to the office and told us that we need to get out. When I asked why, they just told us that our names were in the ‘list’,” said a MAS staff who declined to be named.
...Other workers who turned up for work this morning were refused entry as they had also been axed by MAS, and their names had been revealed to the airport security....
MAS Employees have known for many months that many(about 6,000) would end up losing their jobs, but they stayed on loyally doing their work for our Malaysian airlines. That loyalty should have been appreciated - and they should not have been treated in the way that some were. They could have started looking for better jobs and left, but they did not.
Now, when you turn up at work and have started working as usual, to have security guards come and tell you to 'get out' because you are on the 'list'(possibly the list of people who will not be offered employment by the new Company, Malaysian Airlines Berhad[MAB]) is really so mean.
Normally, when it comes to termination of an employee, employers will generally give workers at least 1 month notice that they will be terminated, so that they will be able to make the necessary arrangements - have time for fellow workmates to maybe even give them a 'send off party'. It is only employees that commit a grievous misconduct and asked to leave immediately - where the security guards come and escort you off premises requiring you to immediately hand over office keycards, etc...
So, if what has been reported is true, MAS(Malaysian Airlines Systems Berhad) is really a most UNCARING employer.
Now, apparently all MAS(Malaysian Airlines Systems Berhad) have been terminated - and some may have also got employment offers from the new company, Malaysian Airlines Berhad(MAB). Apparently some 12 days have been given to these persons to accept the MAB offer. So, in short all employees of MAS will be terminated - so why are some asked to leave immediately and others not? Why are some given 12 days termination notice, and others not? Is this not discrimination?
Maybe, only those who will not be getting employment offers by MAB have been terminated as MAS employees as of 1/6/2015. Maybe the others will all be terminated as MAS employees later on when they accept the offer by MAB?
Most of these employees were union members - but sadly, their Unions, in my opinion, failed to struggle enough for their rights. And now, the Unions are even not involved in this termination exercise... The Unions could have fought for at the very least a longer termination notice - giving time for these now terminated employees to make the necessary adjustments in their life including getting other employment. Now, they have to compete with about 6,000 others - employers are at an advantage, and the bargaining power of employees will not be there. 'I will pay you so much...take it or leave it after all so many others are also desperately looking for jobs...'
In lay-off or retrenchment, there is a just legal principle - i.e. Last In First Out(LIFO). Well, the unions could have fought to ensure that that was followed when it came to employment offers to ex-MAS employees - giving priority to those with longer tenure. The older you are, the more likely you have higher liabilities and responsibilities > and it will be more difficult to get new work with the same or higher pay previously enjoyed. It was a just principle - but now apparently, the new offers for employment will not be following such a formula.
The strategy employed by MAS was shameful - 14,000 will be offered employment, 6000 will end up with no job. So many a worker just did not protest or picket or 'campaign for justice' but just sat silently praying that they would be in the lucky 14,000. Was that also in the minds of Union leaders as they did almost nothing in mobilizing their members into action?
Some earlier relevant posts
All MAS employees terminated, irrespective of whether re-hired by MAB, entitled to same termination benefits?
MAS staff in Sabah return to work, only to be told they have been retrenched