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Thursday, February 27, 2014

MAS suspends union sec-gen, sacks others


Malaysia Airlines has suspended the secretary-general of the National Union of Flights Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) and sacked three flight attendants, Nufam said.

This follows the issuance of 30 show cause letters to Nufam members and the sacking of the union president Ismail Nasaruddin.

In a statement yesterday, Nufam said that its secretary-general and a chief steward with MAS for 25 years Mohd Akram Osman was suspended over his attendance at a Nufam rally and for issuing a union circular using MAS email.

However, Nufam said the rally at the Human Resources Ministry in Putrajaya on Nov 27 was during Mohd Akram's day off.

Nufam said MAS also sacked three other flight attendants for attending the rally while they were on medical leave.

It said that the women were issued medical chits by MAS' panel clinic who found them not fit enough to fly, and the chits were accepted by the airline.

“Although they were on medical leave, (it was) not specifically mentioned... that they should be confined at home,” it said, noting that MAS has no right to dictate what they should do on days off.

Nufam added that the flight attendants were not in their MAS uniforms during the rally and had attended in solidarity with the union.

Suspended for sending email

On its secretary-general, Nufam said that Mohd Akram was suspended for sending an email to Nufam executive secretary Mahmood Abdullah and had then forwarded the email to union members.

It said that this is not the first time Mohd Akram has used his MAS email for union matters, as had done so for several years without problem.

It added that Mohd Akram was not attending an “illegal gathering” in Putrajaya as claimed by MAS, but was handing over a memorandum and meeting with Human Resources Ministry officials on union matters.

“MAS human resources managers were also present during the meeting... we have minutes of the meeting to prove (it),” it said.

It further reiterated its protest against the “summary dismissal” of Nufam president Ismail on Nov 19, which it claimed happened without a domestic inquiry.

It is understood that Ismail, who was sacked for calling for the replacement of MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya (left), has brought the matter to the Industrial Court.

Condemning the various actions against its members, Nufam urged the government to view union-busting seriously and to enact a law to haul up errant employers.

Contacted on action on Ismail, Mohd Akram and dozen of other flight attendants, MAS told Malaysiakini that it has the right to take disciplinary action against its staff for allegedly breaching employee conduct.

It also denied that it is engaging in union-busting and that it was breaching industrial trade laws.

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