Monday, February 26, 2007

WALK WITH AUDRA AND TONY TOO, WILL YA?


AUDRA Atkinson, an MAS cabin crew member, was terminated because she refused to terminate her pregnancy. Terminating a pregnancy if I can remember spells MURDER. I am familiar with Unions. I was in the Campbell Road police lock-up for a few hours because we teachers (National Union of Teachers went on Strike sometime in 1967) marched along Batu Road without a permit. What type of union will agree to a Collective Agreement that infringes on our right to privacy. I pull no punches. Marina Netto, you gotta push harder and stop making concessions to Management and their lawyers. You represent the Union. Dont let it be said that the union can sell out employees. Its been done. I have witnessed these chicanery..... Management and Union do make strange bedmates. Its a pity, Tony and Audra, that THE IR lawyer Murugavel passed away. However, I hope Ms Netto will in future take a stronger professional stand. I;ll pray she does. Band of Bloggers, Unite again for a fellow-blogger .

16 comments:

Rajahram said...

Zorro, what a wordsmith and tale teller you are man! I am going to watch the Oscars now.On NTV7, 9-12.
Cheers.

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

Zorro,

we will.we will.

zewt said...

united we stand.

Allied said...

THanks Zorro...

I have touch based with Elizabeth (SUARAM) and am in the midst of drafting a memo and publicity campaign. Just yesterday MAS announced they made 121Million.
It just so heartbreaking that they go about doing their business, whilst we stand at the sidelines DISCRIMINATED, and facing the brunt!

Thanks for highlighting this tip of the iceberg. There is BEatrice Fernandez, Sheila Devi, Veronica, at least those are the ones aI know off. There have been those who suffered silently.

Thanks to the Band of Bloggers, we can now tell the world..again!

zorro said...

Tony, I know how you and Audra feel. MAS has announced big profits etc. Remember this is a new management team. There is this feel-good feeling in the management team. Make use of this situation. Dont antagonize. Lets play our cards well. Ask Marina Netto what is her sense of this current euphoria....what course of action will she take in this current positive scenario. I have been on both sides, union and management and my gut feel is that if we play the cards well something positive will result. Negotiating is a skill and a well thoughtout compromise is better than a stalemate. Am I rambling....its 1.30am now. Chin up, tell Audra. Is Ronnie, Audra's dad. If correct, we go back many decades.

muststopthis said...

Zorro, yup. You mentioned Lennie's, you msut know Ronnie. ANywyas, please check out my latest posting, you willprobably know Idris's response from that. But , the offer was not done sincerely. The process did not follow through.
In Cabin Crew, there was a vacancy to the tee, that suits Audra, even the Manager acknowledged it, but overwrite by HR, they deemed her terminated hence not DNQ. So the story goes...

Patrina said...

Dear Pa
Love your blog. You are fearless! I was at Assunta primary and secondary with Audra and she was always smiling and happy. She has my full support. MAS cabin crew to me is still the best in the world and it's pretty stupid that MAS management would sacrifice such a valuable employee for such an ignorant reason. That's my two cents
Loveya
Daughter of Zorro

Allied said...

Thanks...DOZ!
Zorro- a family that blogs together stays together.....:)

Thanks for the support, will give Audra a heads up. Patrina...

zorro said...

Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. This Month of March is starting well...Patrina (Daughter of Zorro) came into my blog (from the Bahamas)and she was preceded by SOZ (son of zorro)yesterday. Luv u 2 guys.

Allied said...

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email alliedmartster@gmail.com for updates!

Husin Lempoyang said...

Similar posting as on Rocky's
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The case of Beatrice and Sheela are lost because in the eye of court, there was a clearly stated clause in their employment contract that state no pregnancy during work.

One stewardess I know of went through pregnancy by taking a no pay leave and supplimented her income with some busines she already had.

So if she decide to continue flying or air stewardessing, she has to abort as to not be pregnant. Thats an awful logic but is that MAS's thinking? And the ethical abortion is another issue. For clarification, isn't flying unsafe for pregnant women at a certain month pregnancy? Behind the exterior glamour of air steward/dess, it is hard work.

If he believe it is unfair or discrimination, has he tried through channels like Shahrizat's Ministry, Suhakam, NGO on Women's issues or Blogger Dato Marina Mahathir. Perhaps, if he can make a case, he can get them to send a bill on women's right.

Since he believe in being a gentlemen blogger, and its the case of his wife. He has interest here. MAS has a basis, you know.

If he wanna scream of injustice for the world to know, he can be a clown sniper like me. :-) He don't wanna do that, does he?

If he wanna highlight this case and get the world to boycott MAS, ak ak ... he will have to count me out. I am a nationalist who believe in MAS and am against AirAsia.

zorro said...

Husin, brother, even if MAS is wrong, you as an avowed nationalist will still support a wrong. As a nationalist, I would within my limited ability try to right what is wrong. I will not obey blindly if Government's policy is skewered or biased. I dont know if Tony has exhausted all resources, but I can empathize with him, a jobless (ex-good-income-employee)wife and three kids to feed and groom. The worst feeling and it is a sinking feeling, when people you elected to fight for you do a Benedict Arnold on you. Thats why this husband fights so hard....they say a drowning clutch at the straw hoping to keep alive. And now some big time lawyer tells him to tear down his blog, the only vehicle he has to seek justice for his wife. Cheers Husin.

Husin Lempoyang said...

Zorro, I am not without compassion for our fellow blogger and I share your concern. My earlier comment is to present an honest opinion of it.

As I understand, the cases of beatrice and I believe sheila have went all the way to the federal court and the court is on MAS side. THis was a big story in the Malay Mail, I am sure Rocky knows of this case.

Blogging to create public concern may be a rather long short effort.

He should gather the various women NGO and get Dato Marina Mahathir's help on this. Its a moral case of sexual discrimination. Its time we have some sexual discrimination law.

MustNotStop will be fightign for other women also. Good luck Zorro.

monsterball said...

zorro..Have we both not seen or heard enough government controlled monopoly companies dirty stories repeated over and over again? It is present people dare to come forward and talk about it.
I thought the Industrial Court is to protect the employees...not the empolyer. I guess it is a sign the couple have lost the case and the Industrial court is acting according to law.

mob1900 said...

Is this the New and Improved MAS as tauted by the Jala-Man?

QueenB said...

Do pray that the Union won't sell-out!