KUALA LUMPUR: A co-operative will be set up to assist Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who will be laid off.
Malaysia Airlines System Employees Union (Maseu) president Alias Aziz said the co-operative would serve as a channel to help them look for new jobs, like as taxi drivers.
"We expect the co-operative to be in operation in August and we can help apply from the Land Public Transport Commission (for taxi permits)," he said in an interview with Bernama on Sunday.
On Monday, termination letters will be sent out to all the employees but about two-thirds of the staff will be offered jobs with the new company, MAS Bhd.
They have until June 12 to decide if they want to join up on new terms.
The new airline, a smaller entity, will only be able to accommodate about 14,000 employees. The move is part of MAS’ restructuring exercise.
Alias said Maseu had received various job offers from government departments and agencies, as well as the private sector, for exiting MAS employees.
He also said that the Corporate Development Centre (CDC), a body set up by Khazanah Nasional Bhd, would support exiting MAS employees in their career transition, by providing them with training and placement services.
He added that an association for former MAS employees would be set up after the dissolution of Maseu to look into their interests and welfare.
Alias, who has been with MAS for 34 years, said he believed all MAS employees were prepared to accept whatever options given to them by the new company. - Bernama