SUBANG JAYA: The dismissal of 6,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) staff may destroy many families' incomes, leaving them to their own fate, a union here said.
The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia said some of these staff were single mothers, married couples and even those on maternity leave.
"We have received notice from husbands and wives who were terminated instantly and not being offered to the new company," said its president Ismail Nasaruddin.
He said MAS, which has been sending out termination letters since Jun 1, were even letting go workers with supposedly good track records.
Even staff suffering from medical problems because of their work were also being let go, he said.
Ismail also asked how MAS staff were selected for removal, adding that the carrier did not consult the unions about the matter.
He said Nufam leaders were also not offered to join the new company, calling it "a clear sign of union-busting".
Some union members, he claimed, did not even get their termination notices in the mail and were asked to collect it in person.
Ismail said MAS was offering short-term contracts to those that it would re-employ.
"Which means crew who accept this contract will only enjoy a three- or six-months package.
"Then MAS can decide whether or not to retain them. This is funny to me," he said.
He added that those who were given re-employment offers were only given 12 days to respond.
"For those who've received their letters, do not sign it yet until they consult with the union," he said.
He then accused MAS of not being transparent, and that negotiations should be done openly.
Nufam represents some 3,500 MAS staff. Some 20,000 staff have been served with termination notices.
About 6,000 of them will not be offered new jobs within the company when it becomes Malaysia Airlines Berhad from Sept 1.
The carrier is also planning to sell off two of its Airbus A380 jets.
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