Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Trade Union support MAHB? Did the Union get MAHB to agree to give the workers higher pay or regular employment? Role of TUs?

Trade Unions - well, it is supposed to be on the side of workers - defending and promoting worker rights - but then some Trade Unions gets 'confused' 

Some Unions end up fighting for employers or maybe certain faction of employers. Some Unions are with employers - fighting to 'control' workers so workers do not demand better wages, rights, etc....

Has the MAHB Workers Union come out for worker rights before? BUT here they are supporting MAHB for the airport operator’s five-year comprehensive and systematic redevelopment plan for the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (LTSAAS) in Subang....

So, what did the workers get for this support - Increased wages? Better benefits? 

Or did only the union leadership get some personal benefits... One wonders? 

One thing that would have benefited the Union was maybe 10% or 20% shares in MAHB?

Wonder whether the members had any say in this expression of support for MAHB?

How many workers are really members of this in-house trade union?

Remember, the former Malaysian Airlines Trade Unions - their failure to 'fight strongly' for the members when a large percentage lost their jobs - where all assets were transferred to the new Malaysian Airlines company...

Their failure to push for continued existence of the Trade Union under the new Airlines company...after all the owners of the old MAS and the new MAS was the Malaysian government vide Khazanah...

What happens was the biggest union busting in a single employer company - that killed off all in-house trade unions... Only the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia, being a national union not an in-house trade union, survived...

Subang Airport(as it was then called) - there are plans by the government to consider WCT Holdings taking it over from MAHB.... 

Should trade unions come out in support of their companies? 

Monopoly by MAHB or any company may not be very healthy - the fact that there are different airport operators will mean 'competition' - and the government can always see who operates airports better, and maybe they will be given more and more airports to manage...

Unions back MAHB’s bid to redevelop Subang Airport

A general view of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang May 12, 2018. — Bernama pic
A general view of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang May 12, 2018. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — MAHB workers’ unions have pledged their support for the airport operator’s five-year comprehensive and systematic redevelopment plan for the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (LTSAAS) in Subang.

Hence, the airport workers’ peninsular union, Kesma, the Sarawak union, Kepemab, and the Sabah and Labuan union, Kepmas, hope the government can declare that the proposed takeover of the airport by WCT Holdings will not happen so as to ensure that the redevelopment plan can strengthen the airport’s operations.

Kesma president Hussain Shahar said the regeneration plan for LTSAAS is better than what WCT has to offer.

“LTSAAS is a national treasure that has contributed greatly to the nation’s economic growth. It has benefited the people directly.

“National security may be compromised if the security personnel overseeing the airport are from a private company,” he told a media conference today.

Hussain said his union will send a memorandum to the government in support of the continuation of LTSAAS’ operations under MAHB.

The airport operator’s unions also plan to meet with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in protesting against the takeover of the airport by WCT that is expected to cause a loss of RM11 billion, involving workers’ incomes, possible investment losses and damages that may have to be borne by MAHB if the LTSAAS regeneration plan fails to proceed.

In a statement today, MAHB said it has sent a strategic and comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of LTSAAS to the government.

Group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh said the redevelopment plan will expand the airport’s ecosystem exponentially, multiplying global and local controllers to over 100 to create and support a skilled workforce of 19,000 people.

It will also help to boost Malaysia’s high technology transformation, driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a high national income with a projected value of RM10 billion to the economy.

“This is in line with the strategic thrust identified in the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 and the aspiration of the National Aerospace Masterplan 2030,” he said. — Bernama - Malay Mail, 21/6/2021


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