Malaysia Airlines employees troubled by impending layoffs, says union

Malaysia Airlines employees troubled by impending layoffs, says union

PETALING JAYA - The impending layoffs at Malaysia Airlines (MAS) are taking its toll on the employees.

MAS Employees Union (Maseu) executive secretary Mohd Jabbarullah Abd Kadir said morale among the airline staff was at an all-time low.

"The top management and Khazanah (Khazanah Nasional Berhad) have left employees in the dark.

"They are demoralised as they are worried about their job security," said Jabbarullah when contacted.

He said Maseu wanted the top management to open a discussion with the staff or at least inform them of the management's plans for the airline.

"Right now no one knows who will be terminated or who will stay, or whether the airline will offer Voluntary Separation Schemes (VSS) rather than terminate them," Jabbarullah added.

"They are anxiously waiting for the announcement."

Maseu president Alias Aziz, meanwhile, said the union had appealed to the Prime Minister's Department for the airline staff to be given the VSS rather than be terminated.

"We want MAS to be compas­sionate to those who have served them.

"These employees will have personal financial obligations that they need to fulfil, such as providing for their families or house mortgages, so a VSS would be preferable to a termination," said Alias.

Moves to reduce the 20,000 workforce by some 6,000 personnel are part of the airline's recovery plan.

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