Friday, October 2, 2015


KUALA LUMPUR, July 1, 2015:

CIMB Group Holdings Bhd and its Indonesian unit PT CIMB Niaga TBK today announced that a total of 3,599 staff are leaving the firms under the Mutual Separation Scheme (MSS) exercise which ended on May 29 this year.
In a statement, CIMB Group said the management had approved applications from 1,891 in Malaysia and 1,708 in Indonesia.
It said the staff leaving represents a rationalisation of 11.1% of the total workforce in Malaysia and Indonesia.
“While the group will incur approximately RM443.3 million in MSS cost, the resultant savings from the headcount reduction is estimated to be RM291.6 million per annum, which translates to an 18.2 months payback.”
CIMB Group chief executive Tengku Datuk Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said: “With the completion of the MSS, we are on track to meet the targets set in our cost-to-income plans outlined in our T18 strategy.”

The total number of staff leaving the banking group is far higher than had originally been projected.
It has been reported that the banking group has already slashed 15 jobs at its Singaporean unit and cut a total of 150 jobs across its Asian units (namely Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and India) as well as pulling out its Australian unit – which saw 103 jobs lost there.
CIMB Group had reported a pretax loss of RM64.1 million at company level in the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 compared to RM937.56 million previously – largely due to non-interest income plunging to RM876,000 from RM989.07 million in the same quarter of 2014.

MAS Act unjust to workers and trade unions

We, the undersigned 66 civil society organisations, trade unions and concerned groups, are disturbed by the Malaysian government’s unjust use of an Act of Parliament to suspend and/or deny existing worker rights in law, including also access to justice mechanisms, for the benefit of a private business and employer, being the Malaysian Airlines System Berhad (MAS Bhd), now a wholly-owned private company by Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

Malaysia tabled and passed speedily the Malaysian Airline System Berhad (Administration) Act 2015 [Act 765], which came into force on 20/2/2015. This Act is most unjust to workers and trade unions of employees of the airline.

The Act, in section 11, states that “...on the appointment of the Administrator, a moratorium shall take effect during which... (e) no proceedings and no execution or other legal process in any court or tribunal may be commenced or continued with, and no distress may be levied, against the Administered Companies or their property except with the prior written consent of the Administrator;” - whereby the Administered company includes MAS Bhd, its wholly owned subsidiaries and some partially owned subsidiaries. The Administrator was appointed on or about 25/5/2015, and the period of administration could last for a maximum period of two years commencing from the date of the appointment of the Administrator.

What is disturbing is that when administration and moratorium ends, all monies, assets and business of MAS Bhd would most likely be transferred to a new legal entity Malaysian Airline Berhad(MAB). MAS Bhd would most likely be left an empty shell.

Rights cases against MAS Bhd stopped

There are currently many cases initiated and filed, now pending before access to justice mechanisms, including tribunals and courts between workers and MAS Bhd, the employer, claiming wrongful dismissal and/or other worker rights, or between trade unions and MAS Bhd. The effect of the moratorium is that all these actions and cases will stop, and not proceed further until administration of MAS Bhd ends.

At the end, when moratorium is lifted, MAS Bhd would most likely be an empty shell - with no work and no money. Hence, it will be workers and trade unions that will suffer. Workers and trade unions do not just lose their right to justice, but also will have to shoulder additional loses, including all the monies utilised for lawyer and court fees, time and others.

For many workers, it may also mean loss of wages for the days they could not work because they had to attend at relevant departments, tribunal or court in their pursuit for justice. Hence, not only will workers and trade unions be denied justice, but will suffer even more injustice by reason of this anti-worker legislation.

Right to join parties to satisfy worker claims denied

Normally, when the employer has lost the ability to provide remedies, damages or compensation to satisfy the claims of the worker, to ensure justice, the worker can proceed with an application to join third parties to the suit, possibly the owners (Khazanah Nasional) or others.

This MAS Act now unjustly prevents this ability to join parties, in amongst others, in section 25(2), which states that “ The Malaysia Airlines Berhad, the appointer and the Administrator shall not be named as a party in any claim or application made or joined as a party in any proceeding commenced or continued by or on behalf of any employees or former employees of the Administered Companies pursuant to the Industrial Relations Act 1967 [Act 177], Employment Act 1955 [Act 265], Sabah Labour Ordinance 1950 [Sabah Cap. 67], Sarawak Labour Ordinance 1952 [Sarawak Cap. 76] or the Trade Unions Act 1959 [Act 262].’

In fact, section 25(1) says clearly, amongst others, that ‘...the Administered Companies, the Administrator, appointer or the Malaysia Airlines Berhad shall not - (a) be regarded as the successor, assignee or transferee or a successor employer to the Administered Companies; (b) be liable for any obligation relating to any retirement plan or other post-employment benefit plans in respect of the employees or former employees of the Administered Companies or any predecessor of the Administered Companies that exists prior to the assumption of control or appointment; or (c) be liable for any sum which is calculated by reference to a period of time prior to the Malaysia Airlines Berhad becoming the employer of the person in question…’

Same owner of both MAS Bhd and new Malaysian Airline Berhad (MAB)

Considering that the it is Khazanah Nasional that is the sole owner of MAS Bhd, and also the new company MAB, clearly all that is happening is really nothing other than the ‘same person changing shirts’ - and justice would demand that the new entity MAB or the owner, Khazanah, should be justly taking over the obligation and responsibility of MAS Bhd especially for cases involving worker and trade union rights.

The new MAB and MAS Bhd, both owned by Khazanah, really is nothing other that the same owner forming a new company to escape responsibility and liability to workers, is also supported by the following:-

Christoph Mueller, the new chief executive of MAS Bhd, was appointed on 1/5/2015, would later assume the same position with MAB. Same CEO for MAS Bhd, and new MAB?
When the employees of MAS Bhd received their termination letters in early June 2015, those that were offered employment by the new MAB, were offered a different termination package from those not offered employment in MAB. Those offered employment in MAB, which was to take effect from 1/9/2015, were asked to continue coming in to work in MAS Bhd, while the others, about 6,000, were asked to stop coming in to work with the assurance they will continue to receive normal salary but could not commence employment with another employer before Aug 31, 2015 unless they first get approval of MAS Bhd’s Human Resource Department. For many airline employees, other than basic wages, income from allowances and such if they are working makes up sometimes 50 percent or more of their monthly take home income. Rightly, all employees of MAS Bhd, irrespective of whether they will be later employed in MAB, should have received the same benefits and ex-gratia on termination by MAS Bhd.
In the name of justice, MAB or Khazanah or the Malaysian government should really take over the obligation of any or all claims of employees and trade unions against MAS Bhd.

Avoiding just principles of lay-off and termination

When an employer wants to reduce staff, they would justly retrench the number of workers they no longer need - and there are just requirements that need to be complied in any retrenchment exercise like the ‘Last In First Out’(LIFO) principle. Here, this is avoided by MAS Bhd simply terminating all employees on Aug 31, 2015. Justly, the about 6,000 who were no longer required to come into work since June, should have been laid off then and there and paid all their entitlements.

Union busting?

With the termination of all employees of Malaysia Airlines Systems Bhd (MAS Bhd), it would also mean the demise of about seven in-house trade unions.

The only national trade union, the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam), managed to show support of 62.73 percent of the qualified employees, and obtain the minister’s order that made it a recognised union in MAS Bhd. Rather than accept this, MAS Bhd went for judicial review challenging the minister’s decision.

Nufam alleges that only two out 10 executive committee members of the union, who are employees in MAS Bhd have been offered employment in the new MAB.

As such, this ‘restructuring exercise of the airline’ and this new law can also be considered a means of union busting.

Loss of regular employment until retirement

Many workers who are regular employees until retirement in MAS Bhd, who have been offered employment in the new MAB find that they will now become precarious employees on short-term contracts, some even on three or six months employment contracts. There is no law in Malaysia that stipulates that short-term contract employees will continue as employees if the work they were hired to do still exist.

Short-term and other precarious forms of employment also would likely deter union formation or involvement, deter workers from claiming rights and facilitate easier exploitation of workers.

Ignoring workers’ and families’ financial security and well-being

Workers in Malaysia have families and dependents, and also many now have monthly loan-repayment obligations, and justly they should be provided secure regular employment until retirement, whereby they still could be terminated for misconducts, or laid off where the employers has to reduce jobs.

Whilst Malaysia says that it is concerned about the airline business, it has demonstrated a serious lack of concern for the welfare and well-being of workers.

We therefore urge:

That the said Malaysian Airline System Berhad( Administration) Act 2015 be repealed, and the effect this Act has had on workers and trade unions be reversed. No law should be enacted to suspend/deny worker rights for selected employers;

That all pending cases with regard to labour matters, be it with workers or unions, shall be justly resolved or settled forthwith by MAS Bhd, and its owners Khazanah Nasional;

That for all worker and trade union cases against MAS Bhd, MAB and Khazanah Nasional shall agree to be joined in as parties and assume obligations of MAS Bhd to workers;

That if the Malaysian Airlines is desirous of reducing the number of employees, it be done by letting go employees in compliance with the Last In First Out (LIFO) principle and other established just legal principles;

That if the Malaysian Airlines is to be taken over by another entity, like the Malaysian Airlines Berhad (MAB), workers should be employed by MAB as secure regular employees and not by means of precarious forms of employment like short-term contracts;

That Malaysia considers the rights, welfare and wellbeing of workers and their families are just as important, if not more, than the wellbeing and profits of government-owned or linked businesses.

Charles Hector

Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud

Mohd Roszeli Majid

Pranom Somwong

For and on behalf the 66 organisations, trade unions and groups listed below


Airlines Workers’ Union Sarawak

Alternative Asean Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma)

Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), Hong Kong

Centro de Reflexión y Acción Laboral, Cereal (Labour Studies and Action Centre), México

Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC), Malaysia

Clean Clothes Campaign

Club Employees Union Peninsular Malaysia

Committee for Asian Women

CWI Malaysia (Committee For Workers’ International, Malaysia)

Daeduck Employees Union-Ind., CEPZ, Rosario, Cavite, Philippines

Eagle Ridge Golf Course and Residential Estate Employees Union, Cavite, Philippines

Electronic Industry Employees Union (EIEU) Southern Region, Peninsular Malaysia

Electronic Industry Employees Union (EIEU) Northern Region, Peninsular Malaysia

Garment and Allied Workers Union, Haryana, India

Globalization Monitor

Hye Sung Workers Union, CEPZ, Rosario, Cavite, Philippines

Institut Perempuan (Indonesia)

Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM)

Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Perodua

Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Mitsui Copper Foil (MCFEU)

Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja MHS Aviation Berhad (MHSEU)

Kesatuan Eksekutif Airod

Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Perodua Engine Manufacturing Sdn Bhd

Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (KPP Proton)

Knights For Peace, International

Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet)

Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia (NAMM)

Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Keyrin (trade union), CEPZ, Rosario, Cavite, Philippines

North South Initiative

Malaysian Humanist and Rationalist Movement (‘myHARAM’)

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC)

Metal Industry Employees’ Union (MIEU), Malaysia

MAP Foundation, Chiangmai, Thailand

Masyarakat Akar Rumput (Makar Indonesia)

Migrante International

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

National Union of Transport Equipment & Allied Industries Workers (NUTEAIW)

National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam)

National Union of Hotel, Bar and Restaurant Workers (NUHBRW)

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Cawangan Utusan Melayu

National Union of Tobacco Industry Workers (NUTIW)

National Union Employees in Companies Manufacturing Rubber Products (NUECMRP)

Non-Metallic Mineral Products Manufacturing Employees Union (NMMPMEU)

National Union of Banking Employees (NUBE)

Paper Products Manufacturing Employees’ Union of Malaysia (PPMEU)

Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)

Peoples Service Organization (PSO)

Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)

Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (Permas)

Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor

Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur

PINAY (Filipino Women's Organization in Quebec), Canada

Pusat Komas

Railwaymen’s Union of Malaysia (RUM)

Sahabat Rakyat

School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly and Treading humbly (SALT)

Solidarity of Cavite Workers, Cavite, Philippines

Tenaga National Berhad Junior Officers Union (TNBJOU)


Workers Assistance Center, Inc (WAC)

WH4C (Workers Hub For Change)

Yayasan Lintas Nusa Batam - Indonesia

Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Airod Sdn Bhd

Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (Proham)

HARI HARI TERAKHIR 6000 PEKERJA MAS - kenang daku dalam kegagalan Mu........

Untuk kerajaan yg sedang memerintah.....LIHATLAH KEMUSNAHAN HIDUP YANG TELAH KAMU LAKUKAN TERHADAP PERIUK NASI PEKERJA MAS DAN AHLI KELUARGA MEREKA......Kamu telah menghancurkan nasib 6000 pekerja dan keluarganya atas nama ketidakcekapan tadbir urus dan salahguna kuasa hingga mereka hilang pekerjaan....Saat-saat hari terakhir 6000 pekerja MAS sebelum diberhentikan kerja secara rasmi pada 31/8/2015.....Pekerja MAS ini sedang melakukan clearance terakhir...

Terima kasih MAS & seluruh pekerjanya yg telah berbakti untuk negara sejak sekian lama & anda semua memang terbaik
Selamat tinggal MAS..
...inikah ertinya Merdeka kepada pekerja negara?

MAS offers over 14k staff jobs at new company
Chong Pooi Koon, Bloomberg
Published Jun 01, 2015 3:43pm

Malaysia Airlines Bhd is inviting at least 14,000 employees to join a new company formed as part of a corporate revamp as the carrier seeks to return to profitability after two disastrous accidents last year.
The carrier, which has about 20,000 workers, said turnaround plans for this year include so-called capacity rightsizing, eliminating sources of losses, and renegotiating key contracts according to emailed presentation slides today.
The old structure, Malaysian Airline System Bhd, will cease operations in August and selected assets and liabilities will be transferred to the new company.

The airline will start to grow again in 2017-2018, The Edge reported today, citing chief executive officer Christoph Mueller (photo). It will break even in 2018 and the focus this year is to stop the “bleeding,” the New Straits Times quoted Mueller as saying.

Malaysia Airlines is seeking to reinvent itself after stiff competition led to years of losses, even before flight MH370 disappeared in March last year and MH17 was shot down over Ukraine.

The new company will reduce capacity and expand its more profitable domestic and regional routes in Asia Pacific, parent and sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd said in March.
Mueller joined Malaysia Airlines from Dublin-based Aer Lingus Group Plc, which he turned around in the face of competition from budget airline Ryanair Holdings Plc. He faces a similar task as Malaysia Airlines struggles to fend off AirAsia Bhd, one of the region’s largest low-fare carriers.

In August, Khazanah announced plans to cut 6,000 jobs after the carrier amassed more than RM4.9 billion in losses since the start of 2011. Khazanah has committed to invest RM6 billion to restructure the airline after taking it private in a RM1.38 billion buyout.Malaysia Airlines’ costs are 20 percent higher than those of rivals, The Star reported last month, citing an email Mueller sent to employees. - Bloomberg

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Cadangan kerajaan melalui Kementerian Kesihatan untuk mengasingkan rawatan dan perubatan dalam system kesihatan negara bakal membebankan golongan rakyat marhaen terutamanya pekerja kelas pertengahan dan bawahan. Menteri Kesihatan - Datuk Seri S.Subramaniam baru-baru ini dilaporkan merujuk cadangan tersebut dalam usaha membuat pindaan terhadap akta
Mengapakah sejak akhir-akhir ini terlalu ramai Menteri-Menteri kerajaan kelihatan amat bangang apabila mengeluarkan kata-kata melibatkan kepentingan rakyat? Lebih baik Menteri-Menteri ini jangan membuka mulut dan usahakan mencari jalan memperbaiki tahap kehidupan rakyat dengan meningkatkan tahap ekonomi sosio kumpulan yang amat terjejas dengan peningkatan kos kehidupan.

Kesatuan desak pemimpin Khazanah letak jawatan

Sekumpulan kesatuan sekerja hari ini mendesak pemimpin atasan Khazanah Nasional Bhd meletak jawatan kerana didakwa gagal menyelesaikan masalah pemberhentian 6,000 kakitangan Syarikat Penerbangan Malaysia (MAS).

Khazanah adalah syarikat milik kerajaan yang menjadi pemegang saham terbesar dalam MAS.

"Pemimpin atasan Khazanah harus letak jawatan kerana gagal menyelesaikan masalah (pemberhentian) 6,000 pekerja MAS,” kata Pengerusi Persekutuan Pekerja Pengangkutan Antarabangsa (ITF) Malaysia, Tan Sri Zainal Rampak.

Bercakap dalam sidang media di Petaling Jaya hari ini, beliau berkata mereka akan menghantar memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak memohon campur tangannya untuk menyelesaikan masalah itu, petang ini.

Memorandum itu antara lain mendesak agar pemberhentian 6,000 pekerja dihentikan serta merta dan rundingan hala tuju MAS serta masa depan pekerja dibuat segera.

Jelasnya lagi, penstrukturan semula MAS harus dibuat dengan telus dan mematuhi Perlembagaan Negara serta undang-undang.

“Kami mahu menerangkan kepada PM, Khazanah tidak dapat menyelesaikan masalah MAS, kami mahu kerajaan dan PM campur tangan,” katanya.

Setiakawan pelbagai kesatuan sekerja

Pelbagai kesatuan sekerja lain hari ini turut hadir dalam sidang media itu hari ini bagi menyatakan setiakawan mereka dengan kakitangan MAS yang mungkin hilang mata pencarian mereka.

Kesatuan-kesatuan itu turut menandatangani memorandum kepada Najib. Mereka termasuk Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja Malaysia (MTUC), Rangkaian Kesatuan Sekerja Antarabangsa Malaysia (UNI-MLC) dan Kongres Kesatuan Sekerja dalam syarikat GLC dan Penswastaan (GLC).

Turut menyatakan sokongan termasuk Kesatuan Kebangsaan Anak-Anak Kapal Kabin Malaysia (Nufam), Kesatuan Pekerja Keretapi Tanah Melayu (RUM), ASEAN Services Employees Trade Union Council Malaysia (ASETUC) dan Public Services Internationa Malaysia (PSI).

Sementara itu, Senator Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud yang turut serta dalam sidang media itu berkata beliau sudah membangkitkan perkara itu dalam Dewan Negara tetapi jawapan menteri didakwa tidak meyakinkan.

“Sebelum ini saya sudah bangkitkan dalam dewan negara, tapi jawapan yang diberikan oleh menteri itu tidak meyakinkan,”kata Syed yang juga Setiausaha Eksekutif Kesatuan Kebangsaan Pekerja-pekerja Perusahaan Alat-alat Pengangkutan dan Sekutu.

Tahun lalu, Khazanah mengumumkan pakej RM6 bilion untuk mengurangkan 30 peratus atau 6,000 pekerja sedia ada MAS bagi membolehkan syarikat tersebut kembali menjana keuntungan dalam tempoh tiga tahun, atau menjelang 2017.

Rancangan itu turut melibatkan penubuhan satu syarikat baru untuk mengambil alih aset dan perniagaan syarikat lama.

- Malaysiakini (BM), 23/3/2015, Kesatuan desak pemimpin Khazanah letak jawatan

Unions call on PM to intervene in MAS' restructuring plan that will result in loss of 6,000 jobs

Posted on 23 March 2015 - 06:22pm
Last updated on 23 March 2015 - 06:52pm
Lee Choon Fai

PETALING JAYA: Employee unions have banded together to call on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to intervene in Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) restructuring which will see 6,000 workers being retrenched.

International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam), and Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) are among those who jointly sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister's Office on the issue.
Other unions showing solidarity with MAS workers include Tenaga Nasional Berhad Junior Officers Union (TNBJOU), United Malaysia Labour Centre (UMLC), and Public Services International.

Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin demanded that Khazanah Nasional Berhad, which owns 70% of shares in MAS and is overseeing restructuring operations, consult MAS in-house unions and threatened to picket if this is not done before downsizing starts in June.

"We will object to any termination letters and will picket if they do not consult us about the restructuring exercise.

"We hope the Prime Minister will pay attention to the issues MAS workers are facing; we do not want to picket and oppose the government, we only want open and harmonious discussions," Ismail told a press conference at the Crystal Crown Hotel today.

He said MAS' financial predicament is due to mismanagement and leakages from the top, and it is the management that needs to be restructured.

As proof, Ismail said he has data and financial records which he will reveal "when the time is right", and that reports have already been lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in January and February.
Nufam secretary-general Mohd Akram Osman added that the average years of experience for MAS employees is 17 and those retrenched are unlikely to be able to work in other industries due to their training and age.

ITF Malaysia Chapter secretary-general Tan Sri Zainal Rampak said the restructuring has been taking too long and MAS' 20,000 employees have been left to wonder if they will be axed.

"Why is Khazanah not taking any proactive measures to solve the problems faced by these 6,000 employees?" Zainal asked.

MTUC secretary-general N. Gopal Krishnan said Khazanah is under the Finance Ministry of which Najib is the minister, thus he has to ensure that the job is done properly.

Gopal asserted that cutting MAS' workforce by 30% does not amount to restructuring the airline, noting that the carrier had been downsized to 18,000 employees in 2006, only to have 2,000 of them re-employed.

He added that changing one or two persons in the top management does not equal to a revamp, and more needs to be done to save MAS.

MAS lost RM1.17 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, and the MH370 and MH17 twin tragedies exacerbated its financial performance throughout 2014 as customers lost confidence in the airline and the safety of air travel.


Friday, March 13, 2015


Bencana yang menimpa Syarikat Penerbangan Malaysia(MAS)kesan kerugian yang ditanggungnya telah menyebabkan kerajaan terpaksa mengambil langkah menutup operasinya dan melakukan pelan pemulihan semula Syarikat penerbangan kebanggaan negara itu. MAS mengalami kerugian bersih RM443 juta dalam suku tahun pertama 2014 dan dianggar kini mencecah RM7 juta sehari. Laporan akhbar melaporkan MAS membelanjakan kira-kira RM2.4 billion untuk menampung kos pekerjanya yang berjumlah 19,577 pada tahun 2013. Keadaan kewangan dan operasi MAS menjadi bertambah tenat apabila terjadi trajedi kehilangan pesawat MH370 sejak setahun lalu dan jatuhnya pesawat MH17 yang dalam perjalanan dari Amsterdam ke KLIA di kawasan bergolak Russia dan Ukraine.

Kerajaan telah mengorak langkah melakukan pelan pemulihan semula MAS dengan membentangkan Rang Undang-Undang MAS 2015 ( Pembentangan Rang Undang Undang MAS 2015 telah diluluskan oleh parlimen pada 27 November 2014. Rang Undang-Undang itu antara lain bertujuan untuk mengadakan peruntukan bagi pentadbiran Malaysian Airline System Berhad (MAS), syarikat subsidiari milik penuh dan milik separanya.

Ia juga akan menyediakan peruntukan bagi penubuhan entiti baharu dikenali sebagai Malaysia Airlines Berhad yang akan menggantikan MAS sebagai syarikat penerbangan nasional. Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar membentangkan rang undang-undang itu untuk bacaan kali ketiga sebelum diluluskan selepas mendapat majoriti persetujuan daripada anggota Dewan (

Rang Undang-Undang itu mempunyai 37 fasal dan enam bahagian yang mana ia dibahaskan 10 ahli Parlimen membabitkan lima dari Barisan Nasional (BN) dan lima dari pembangkang sejak pukul 11.30 pagi sebelum ianya diumum diluluskan kira-kira pukul 4.45 petang oleh Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

Antara ciri-ciri utama dalam rang undang-undang itu ialah membolehkan (MAS) beroperasi pada kos yang munasabah dari kos bekalan, perkhidmatan, kakitangan termasuk kaedah-kaedah kerja dan terma-terma untuk kakitangan baharu.

Rang Undang-Undang tersebut mendapat bantahan keras dari Kesatuan Sekerja MAS - National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (NUFAM) ( NUFAM membantah dan mendakwa pihak pengurusan MAS dan semua pihak yang terlibat dalam penyediaan Rang Undang-Undang tersebut telah mengenepikan pandangan Kesatuan Kesatuan Sekerja dalam Syarikat MAS. Rang Undang-Undang tersebut dengan nyata memberikan imuniti kepada Syarikat MAS dari sebarang tindakan undang-undang dan menyekat Kesatuan Sekerja dari mengguna pakai peruntukan Akta Kesatuan Sekerja 1955 terhadap MAS.

Selain NUFAM,Malaysia Airlines System Employees Union (MASEU), Malaysia Airlines Employees Union Peninsular Malaysia dan Malaysia Airlines Pilot Association merupakan antara Kesatuan Sekerja yang ujud di MAS. Presiden MASEU, Alias Aziz yang sudah menerajui MASEU sejak 20 tahun lalu mendakwa tidak dijemput oleh pengurusan MAS untuk taklimat berhubung cadangan penstrukturan semula syarikat penerbangan kebangsaan itu (

Bukan menjadi satu rahsia dikalangan pemimpin kesatuan sekerja di negara ini bahawa terdapat pergeseran antara sesama Kesatuan-Kesatuan yang ujud di MAS sejak sekian lama. Pergeseran ini telah menyebabkan hilang kemuafakatan diantara Kesatuan-Kesatuan Sekerja MAS dalam menangani isu pekerja. Sewajarnya Kesatuan-Kesatuan Sekerja di MAS mengenepikan sementara semua isu dalaman dan memberi tumpuan dan fokus kepada isu besar yang bukan sahaja mengancam periuk nasi ribuan pekerja malah mampu menimbulkan ketidak tentuan dalam halatuju Kesatuan-Kesatuan Sekerja di MAS. Difahamkan MASEU bakal mengadakan mesyuarat tergempar dalam masa terdekat bagi membincangkan halatujunya kesan dari pelan pemulihan syarikat MAS.

Ternyata pegeseran dalaman Kesatuan-Kesatuan Sekerja MAS telah membuka ruang luas kepada pengurusan MAS dan semua pihak yang terlibat dengan penstrukturan semula MAS mengambil kesempatan melakukan apa sahaja keputusan tanpa melibatkan rundingan dengan pihak Kesatuan Sekerja MAS. Sehingga kini difahamkan tidak ada satupun rundingan dilakukan dengan mana-mana Kesatuan MAS untuk membincangkan nasib dan masa depan pekerja-pekerja MAS. Berita pembuangan lebih 6000 pekerja MAS telah awal-awal diumumkan oleh pihak Khazanah Nasional dan Pengurusan MAS namun butiran terperinci mengenainya masih gagal didedahkan sehingga ke hari ini. Sumber Kesatuan MAS melaporkan surat pemberhentian kerja kepada lebih 6000 pekerja bakal dikeluarkan oleh pengurusan MAS seawal 16 March 2015. Lansung tiada sebarang maklumat diterima oleh Kesatuan Sekerja MAS berhubung syarat-syarat dan kriteria pemilihan pekerja yang bakal diberhentikan.

Kesatuan-Kesatuan Sekerja GLC wajar mengambil ikhtibar dan pengajaran dari krisis MAS. Hari ini pekerja MAS sedang berdepan dengan situasi yang amat getir yang antara lain berpunca dari pergeseran dan hilang kemuafakatan dikalangan Kesatuan-Kesatuan Sekerja MAS. Semangat 'Solidarity' tidak sepatutnya menjadi slogan kosong pemimpin-pemimpin Kesatuan Sekerja tetapi ianya perlu direalisasikan demi menjaga kepentingan dan kebajikan pekerja. Rang Undang-Undang MAS 2015 yang diluluskan telah menjadi 'Precedence case' untuk rujukan dimasa depan. Syarikat-Syarikat GLC kini maju setapak kedepan melalui langkah kerajaan dan Khazanah Nasional dengan melihat satu option yang terbuka luas bagi mengatasi masalah operasi dan mengurangkan pekerja. Bila-bila masa Syarikat GLC yang bermasalah boleh membuat Rang Undang-Undang baru dengan kelulusan Parlimen bagi menggantikan Rang Undang-Undang yang ada dan sekaligus melupuskan segala obligasi terhadap terma dan syarat perkhidmatan antara pekerja dan syarikat-syarikat GLC sepertimana yang dilakukan oleh MAS.

Krisis MAS tidak boleh dipandang ringan oleh mana-mana Kesatuan Sekerja dan pekerja-pekerja Syarikat GLC. Krisis ini menjadi pembuka laluan dengan modus operandi yang sama bakal dihadapi oleh mana-mana pekerja Syarikat GLC. Kesatuan Sekerja di MAS perlu bangkit bersatu demi masa depan pekerja dan kembali menyusun pemuafakatan bagi menghadapi isu ini. Malah pekerja-pekerja Syarikat GLC lain juga wajar melakukan mobilasasi pekerja bagi menjadi benteng untuk bersama mempertahankan hak pekerja MAS. Sudah tiba masanya slogan popular dunia Kesatuan Sekerja 'An injury to one is an injury to all' diterjemahkan kepada tindakan bersama semua pemimpin Kesatuan untuk mempertahankan hak pekerja-pekerja MAS.


Hari ini Kesatuan Kebangsaan NUFAM telah mengeluarkan satu notis kepada MAS untuk berpiket demi kepentingan pekerja pekerja Kru Anak Kapal Kabin di Malaysia Airlines.

Kesatuan telah beberapa bulan cuba mencari jalan penyelesaian untuk mendampingi isu pekerja dengan pihak syarikat Nasional Malaysia Airlines tetapi ia masih gagal mendapat reaksi dari pihak syarikat MAS yang masih berdegil untuk berdepan dengan perwakilan Kesatuan Kebangsaan.
Isu kemelut MAS dan pekerja masih tidak dapat persetujuan oleh semua pihak kesatuan termasuk ITF UK yang telah mengeluarkan satu kenyataan mengenai isu pembuangan 6,000 pekerja.
Kerugian MAS berpunca dari pihak pengurusan tetapi malangnya pekerja pekerja yang tidak bersalah telah menjadi mangsa dalam proses pengstrukturan syarikat MAS.
Isu MAS telah dihangatkan lagi apabila Menteri Sumber Manusia baru baru ini telah diminta mengulaskan sikap syarikat MAS dan Khazanah Nasional terburu buru untuk mengambil proses pembuangan pekerja ketika negara sedang melanda ekonomi yang tidak stabil.Kesatuan NUFAM juga telah menghantar beberapa surat kepada kerajaan Malaysia memohon agar satu siasatan dibuat keatas pihak pengurusan MAS yang nyata sekali tidak cekap dengan pengurusan syarikat penerbangan tersebut.
NUFAM juga meminta kerajaan memastikan pihak pekerja tidak dijadikan aset gadai syarikat kerana mereka telah lama berkerja dengan syarikat MAS dan apa akan jadi kepada mereka jika mereka kehilangan mata pencarian mereka jika MAS keluarkan surat pemecatan tersebut dalam beberapa minggu ini.Kesatuan NUFAM akan terus memohon pihak kerajaan memberi sokongan dan menelitikan semula proses pengstrukturan MAS Khazanah Nasional.
NUFAM memohon kerajaan Malaysia agar semua isu isu kerugian syarikat diselesaikan dahulu sebelum proses pengstrukturan pekerja dilakukan.

Kezaliman syarikat MAS & Khazanah untuk melepaskan 6,000 pekerja yang telah lama berkhidmat amat dikesali kerana pihak pengurusan tinggi kedua dua pihak sehingga hari ini masih berleluasa dan tiada apa apa tindakan diambil atas kerugian besar syarikat tersebut.Tiada apa apa tindakan juga yang diambil oleh pihak Kementerian yang berkuasa untuk memastikan pekerjaan pekerja di MAS dapat dilindungi.Yang nyata sekali, pihak pengurusan MASlah yang harus dipersalahkan atas kerugian besar ini dan bukan pekerja pekerja bawahan syarikat tersebut.

Tarikh akan diumumkan tidak lama lagi.
Kesatuan Kebangsaan Anak Kapal Kabin Penerbangan Malaysia (NUFAM)
13 march 2015