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No Strike Date Confirmed Yet, But Candlelight Vigil Is On, Says Nufam

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PUTRAJAYA: The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia has yet to decide on its proposed strike over Malaysia Airlines staff’s job terminations.

Nufam executive secretary Shona Marcus said the union was still “waiting for instructions” and had not set a date for the protest.

However, Nufam will go ahead with a candlelight vigil at Subang airport tomorrow night to express solidarity for the 6,000 workers who were laid off.

“The candlelight vigil is not the big protest we mentioned before. For the main protest, we are still waiting for instructions from the president. For now, no date has been set,” Marcus told The Star.

On Tuesday, Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin said its members would organise a massive protest if the terminations were not retracted in two days.

As part of its restructuring exercise, MAS terminated 6,000 staff on June 1, while another 14,000 were offered jobs at a new entity, Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB).

Nufam accused the airline of being unfair in dealing with retrenched and rehired staff.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai urged Nufam not to continue with industrial action, saying there were other avenues for them to voice their demands.

“I advise them not to cause any problem to our country’s economy because as we all know, Malaysia Airlines is an important airline,” he said after speaking at a sustainable development conference yesterday.

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