Friday, November 20, 2015
Group of 62 calls on MAB to accept union and not deny freedom of association
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of 62 trade unions and civil society organisations including Aliran, Kesatuan Eksekutif Airod and the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (NUFAM) have expressed disappointment that Malaysian government-owned Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), the company that took over Malaysian Airlines System Berhad (MAS), has ignored the application for recognition by NUFAM.
“In Malaysia, before a Union can proceed to negotiate and enter into a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the employer needs to recognise the said Trade Union,” the group said in a statement.
“MAB’s failure to immediately recognise NUFAM reflects badly on Malaysia which has the duty to respect worker rights especially the freedom of association, which is also a right enshrined in the Malaysian Federal Constitution,” the group said.
NUFAM applied to MAB for recognition in September but they failed to respond within the 21 days stipulated time frame.
Quoting the Industrial Relations Act 1967, the group said: “It states that, ‘…An employer or a trade union of employers upon whom a claim for recognition has been served shall, within twenty-one days after the service of the claim: (a) accord recognition; or (b) if recognition is not accorded, notify the trade union of workmen concerned in writing the grounds for not according recognition.
“MAB did not even have courtesy of replying to NUFAM within the stipulated 21 days, which can be considered conduct unbecoming especially of a Malaysian government-owned company.”
NUFAM then reported the matter in writing to the Director-General (DG) for Industrial Relations to take action, however, over 40 days later the DG for Industrial Relations has not responded to NUFAM.
The group says considering that many employees are hired as fixed-term contract employees, speedy and efficient action is required. Delay prejudices workers. - FMT News, 19/11/2015