KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Flight Attendants (Nufam) is being urged to reconsider its move strike if Malaysia Airlines (MAS) does not retract the termination letters it served to 6,000 of its staff.
Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the planned strike would jeopardise the aviation industry and plans to turn around the ailing airline.
“I hope they don’t do it,” he said on the sidelines of the Global Airport Development (GAD) Asia Conference 2015.
On Tues, Nufam said it was giving MAS 48 hours to recall its termination letters and re-hire these workers.
“If the above conditions are not met within 48 hours, employees affected will all undergo (a) tools-down campaign against the airline throughout and continuously will protest against Malaysia Airlines,” said Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin.
Nufam claims to represent some 3,500 MAS staff.
Ab Aziz said the compensation and benefit being offered to staff was fair and the strike was unjustified.
Malaysia Airlines, which is being restructured, has served termination notices to 20,000 of its staff.
However, some 6,000 of them will not be re-hired when the carrier becomes Malaysia Airlines Berhad from Sept 1.