Sunday, August 31, 2014

MAS Retrenchment: MTUC Suggests Government Follows Code Of Conduct For Industrial Harmony

PETALING JAYA, Aug 30 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today suggested that the government follows the code of conduct for industrial harmony when retrenching staff from the troubled national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS).
Its president, Khalid Atan said, the 40-year-old code specified the various steps when retrenching staff as it would cause the least disruption and inconvenience to both workers and employers.
It was the duty of the government as a responsible employer to ensure that the workers’ welfare was given top priority in the restructuring of the MAS’ business model, he said.
He was commenting on the plan by Khazanah Nasional Bhd – the government’s business arm – to restructure MAS which would require the shedding of some 6,000 workers.
Khalid told Bernama that the 6,000 employees would easily translate into 30,000 people, based on at least five family members per worker, who would be affected by the restructuring move.
He urged Khazanah to rope in union leaders to assist in the massive exercise and to minimise hardship to the workers and their families. — BERNAMA

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