This blog has been urging the unions to be more assertive to this daylight robbery agreed upon by the manager's of the nation's sovereign fund in favour of the interest of a rogue airline, Air Asia. Read our posting here dated January 11, 2012.
They have been too timid and submissive since their last threat for a strike on September 9th, 2012. There had been conflicting interest and the detrimental so-called collaboration with Air Asia (but actually corroboration to rob and plunder) were allowed to advance. Read here.
MASE and other staff unions of MAS had an audience with the Prime Minister on February 14th, 2012. Prime Minister gave assurance that he will look into every complaints and issues raised on the Comprehensive Collaboration Framework (CCF) between Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia.
He requested that the unions put on hold any industrial action. The union gave their trust and faith to the Prime Minister at their expense. Time will allow the evil Danny Yusof and Tony F time to accelerate the process into irreversible mode. PM should not fail them or the implication could be politically disastrous.
MESA given out a communique to it's members recently. It could mean the time is up and Dato Najib is due to revert back to the unions as promised. How will Najib decide at this 11th hour?
The following is a recent MESA's communique to their members:
From: MESA [MESA@malaysiaairlines.com]One can find more issues on MAS in this blog, Malaysian Airlines Families here. Latest is about Danny's gigantic fraud. Note their combative mode against politicians.
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 4:32 PM
Subject: MESA official release (1)
Dear Brothers and Sisters of MESA,
As you know, MESA and other unions and associations in MAS had an audience with the Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia on 14th February 2012 in Putrajaya. In that meeting, we conveyed our collective concern with regard to the “CCF” agreement between MAS and Air Asia.
The unions and associations are of the opinion that the agreement is lopsided and prove detrimental to members’ interest and job security.
The Prime Minister admitted that the Government had approved of the CCF as they were convinced by its proponent that the CCF would benefit MAS, Air Asia and the country. He added that the Government had supported the move on the understanding that the two companies could synergize and derives benefit from each other strength and best practices.
Since our slide presentation had shown otherwise, the PM had requested some time to verify and validate the unions’ and associations’ claims and supporting documents submitted. The unions and associations were also asked to hold back any industrial action whilst these validations were in progress. It was also indicated that the PM’s office would revert in due time.
On 23rd February 2012, MESA was invited to meet the new EVPHC. At the meeting, the Union took the opportunity to highlight several contentious issues, hoping for her timely intervention. Among matters that were touched or brought up were:-a. The inordinate delay by HC in closure of the E&M Licenses issue. It was emphasized that MESA had, since November 2011, indicated that we would, in good faith, accept the draft LOE as proposed by the HCIR team on the strength of HCIR assurance of honoring current practices. However till to date, HCIR has yet to call MESA for the LOE to be signed.As a follow-up to our previous engagement with the PM, on 1st March 2012, after a closed-door “PM meet the Warga Industri Selangor” function, the MESA Secretary was briefly able to draw the attention of the PM as he was leaving the venue.
b. The state of job uncertainty arising from the CCF.
c. Frequent and unsettling changes in MH Organization Structures.
d. Impending migration of a substantial number of staff based in Subang to SSZ KLIA.
e. Business Plan which entail Spin-off of Company Businesses and formation of “Newcos”.
f. Industrial Relation at its lowest ebb as reflected by numerous disputes and cases referral to Jabatan Perhubungan Perusahaan (JPP) and the Industrial Court.
The PM was reminded that the various unions and associations in MAS are anxiously waiting for his intervention with regard to the CCF issue. The PM responded with an, “I have conveyed…..” answer.
It has been more than two week now since our last audience with the PM, but we have yet to hear of any official good news from Putrajaya.
Lately, we noticed that several members from Sales and AO who were previously on posting to foreign line stations were recalled due to the stations’ closure are being left in a limbo, with no serious attempt being made to reassign them with other suitable alternate task at home base. We are afraid that these may well be used as an excuse to rate them with a low PMS rating of 1 or 2 as prelude to a forced attrition on the ground of discipline, inactivity or manpower surplus.
MESA would advice any of our members who may be in a similar predicament to quickly sought and secure alternative redeployment on their own to prevent redundancy. As a general reminder, any member who was subjected to victimization is encouraged to get in touch with the union for guidance.
Earlier this week, on Wednesday 7th March 2012 @ 11.00am, MESA was invited to a briefing by HC in relation to the imminent migration of about 1600 staff from Subang to KLIA.
We were informed that the move is at the behest of Management and targeted for completion in September 2012. A key point to note is that the migration would eventually cause a “four-to-five fold” increase to the SSZ building population (currently about 400 only).
MESA is concerned that the move would inevitably impact safety and health of the affected staffs.
Our worries was triggered by the fact that the project manager who was briefing us about the migration plan was seemingly clueless on whether the current building systems and specification are adequate to handle the multiplier effect of a “four-to-five fold” population increase as the briefing fail to address our concern on the following subjects:a. No/nil additional toilet, entrance/exit, staircase, lift/elevatorThe Union is simply not convinced with the reasons provided by Management to justify the impending migration of non-front-liners from Subang to KLIA. The premise that airline staff need to be near the airport (KLIA) does not hold water as we noted that many of those affected had previously been relocated to SZB from KULTO shortly after KLIA become operational. Certainly, if their presence is more appropriate in KLIA, why relocate them to SZB in the first place?
b. Serious doubts about the cooling capacity of the present air-conditioning systems
c. Motion/time studies not conducted on safe & orderly incoming flow at reporting time, including gap analysis over the capacity/capability of the current lift/elevator system.
d. No fire-drill simulation to test/prove adequacy of emergency egress/staircase
e. No demonstration of Compliance to Occupational Safety & Health Act and certification of fire risk and hazard from Bomba Malaysia.
f. Adequacy of current air-conditioners to provide reasonable comfort to the building occupants
g. Adequate 230V electrical power-point for each workstation
h. Adequacy of current power supply cable to support the electrical system demand for power.
Why allow the staff a false sense of security to take root resulting in them investing into property purchase and build their home and family in the SZB vicinity?
In our opinion, these could well be another ploy of attrition to staff that may not have any other mean and resources to tide over the extra cost of uprooting from their present domain. Indeed, we know that some had quitted or were contemplating such moves to cut losses.
MESA members would have noticed that the Company had just launched a recruitment drive for the “Shorthaul Newco”. Please be advised that if you elect to join the SH “Newco”, you would automatically cease to be a MESA member and may not be further eligible to the benefits as specified in MAS-MESA Collective Agreement. You would also be deprived of union protection and services and must conduct your own defense in any Disciplinary Inquiry. Nevertheless, MESA would try our best to obtain the lower grade staff Terms and Condition for comparison.
We would again like to remind members to refrain from speculating whilst the Executive Council works hard on matters of greater importance to everyone. We seek your understanding that at time, we may have to prioritize and devote our full attention to matters that have long term effect and matter that affect the majority. We apologies if in giving priority to common issues, we gave the impression that a minority interest is perceived as neglected. Rest assured that all concern would be duly addressed.
Matdiah Bin Mohammad
In yesterday's Utusan Malaysia coverage, MASE union President, Alias repeated what was said in the communique. Read below:
Mase gesa timbang semulaWill Najib heed the 'rakyat' in MAS? Will he listen to the rakyat in MAS's heartbeat?
Oleh SYUKRI SHAARI
KUALA LUMPUR 14 Mac - Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Sistem Penerbangan MAS (Maseu) menggesa kerajaan mempertimbangkan semula pertukaran saham antara Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) dan AirAsia Bhd. (Air Asia).
Pengerusinya, Alias Aziz mendakwa, perkara itu perlu dilakukan memandangkan pertukaran saham berkenaan jelas hanya memberi kelebihan kepada sebelah pihak sahaja iaitu AirAsia.
Beliau berkata, sejak pertukaran saham berlaku pada September lalu sehinggalah hari ini, tiada perubahan atau kelebihan dinikmati oleh MAS.
"Ketika ini, suasana pengurusan dalam MAS juga telah berubah apabila kebanyakan pengurus atasan adalah daripada AirAsia dan suara mereka lebih didengari. Ini perkembangan yang tidak sihat kerana menjadikan MAS seolah-olah minoriti.
"Justeru, kami berharap kerajaan akan mempertimbangkan semula atau membatalkan sahaja pertukaran saham berkenaan. Kami sebenarnya dari awal lagi tidak bersetuju kerana khuatir ia akan menjejas dan memusnahkan MAS," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.
Pada Isnin lalu, Utusan Malaysia melaporkan terdapat kemungkinan pertukaran saham antara kedua-dua syarikat penerbangan tempatan itu akan dibatalkan ataupun distruktur semula kerana ia dilihat tidak memberi sebarang faedah dan kelebihan kepada MAS.
Menurut Alias, pihak kesatuan telah pun menghantar memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berhubung perkara berkenaan dua minggu lalu.
Dalam pertemuan tersebut, kata beliau, Perdana Menteri telah diberikan penerangan mengenai situasi semasa dan dalaman MAS sejak proses pertukaran saham itu berlaku.
"Berdasarkan pertemuan itu, kami yakin Datuk Seri Najib akan berusaha untuk membantu. Beliau tidak menyatakan tarikh untuk memberi keputusan tetapi berjanji akan mengkaji terlebih dahulu perkara itu," jelasnya.
Sementara itu, Alias juga meminta kerajaan mengkaji kerugian sebanyak RM2.5 bilion yang dialami MAS tahun lalu.
Just like his late father, which we adored, Najib shown himself to be sensitive to the plight of the common people. He showed his sincerity and seriousness in his people first slogan.
That could be also politics.
This time it is his chance to show it is not politics. This time his decision will determine the fate of more than 20,000 air transport workers. That number can multiply to be 100,000 voters for or against him.
These voters will affirm in the ballot box whether his words that 'rakyat' interest do come first when tested against corporate greed and personal pursuit of wealth by the few well-connected through unethical means.
Najib also shown himself to be a true gentlemen. He has not resort to any cheap politics of the opposition to commit slanders or character assasination. In fact, he was their victim.
The victim show more finesse and humility to apologise to the people for any of BN's mistakes in the past. That is more than one can expect from hard-core opposition who just refused to acknowledged their sins like Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Hadi and Nik Aziz, even though it is so apparent.
His decision will show he is serious in his apology and not allow the repetition of evil over good. At least, not under his watch. There is no guarantee under Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang.
Najib admitted before that Government does not know all. The so-called turnaround management team that the incompetent Khazanah CEO placed by Tan Sri Nor Moahmad Yakcop put in place knows nuts and are insensitive and unscrupulous people.
This time it is not a group of bloggers who gave him face when he said that he knows a person and a Tan Sri better. This time it is the 'rakyat' that have spoken. It is the time Najib truly listen to the 'rakyat'.
They have more votes than Danny Yusof, Ahmad Jauhari, Tony Fernandez, Kamaruddin Meranun, and Mohd Nor Yusof.
The votes on them are not good.
On this and having been subjected to many wrong decision by the Governments on MAS, the 'rakyat' in MAS knows better than the Prime Minister when things are not good for the Company.