'Please don't dump us like we're rubbish'

'Please don't dump us like we're rubbish'

SEPANG - Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees say they are being unfairly punished for blunders made by the top management.

A senior cabin crew member who wished to be known only as Raj, 42, said workers who had no say in the management policies should not have to bear the brunt of the airline's failures.

"I have served the company for more than 18 years and people like me want to know whether our contributions will be appreciated.

"Many of us are still in the dark about the severance package and we are worried about our future. Please don't dump us like rubbish," he said.

Raj said during a townhall meeting in March, cabin crew were told that they would receive only 0.8 per cent of their basic pay based on the years of service.

"This is much lower than what was agreed upon under the Collective Agreement (CA) of at least one month and a half of their monthly basic pay," he said.

The father of two from Ampang said due to his age, it would be hard to get a job in another airline.

"The other airlines prefer hiring younger people.

"We have a lot of commitments and the company needs to offer the best deals to all of us," he added.

A pilot who wanted to be known only as Karim, 35, said there was uncertainty as the management had not been forthcoming with details of the termination process.

"It is also unfair that we have to respond to the company's letters within a week or two," he said.

Stewardess Sakinah Nordin, 28, said flight cabin crew members were likely to be axed as the company had stopped several routes, including in Europe.

"Nobody knows what will happen and whether we will still have our jobs next week," she said.

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