It’s a big day at work today - it’s voting day! Nope, I don’t have to wait for four of five years for the parliament to be dissolved to do voting, I can do it every year ;-) Okay, some of you may be doing it every year too, like voting for who will be in your kid’s parents-teachers association, or your residential society, or whatever club you may be in.
As a member of MAS Executive Staff Association (MESA), I vote to exercise my right to choose who will be representing me in the council. It’s a huge thing because:
(1) They will fight for how much increment / bonus / annual leave / benefits (i.e. medical, privilege travels) I’m going to get year after year.
(2) They will back me up should anything bad (na’uzubillah) happens to me or the company (i.e. disciplinary action, mutual separation, retrenchment).
(3) They will ensure whatever concerns I may have will be heard loud and clear by the top management.
Therefore, it’s important that I choose the right people to represent ME!
Envelopes containing our ballots.
Do you have such thing where you work? I know bankers have National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) which is pretty big as it unites many different banks. TM employees have National Union of Telecommunication Employees (NUTE) but my friends in TM told me it’s only for non-executives, no idea if they have a separate association for executives. Over here where I work, there are different unions / associations for different groups (one for executives, one for non-executives, one for pilots etc.) as each group has different needs.
Many new companies actually do not allow employees unions / associations being set up within their organizations. Hence they have more flexibility to go about setting the organization’s future as they deem fit, without having much concern of what the employees think as there’s no legally binding document (i.e. collective agreement with unions / associations) to prevent them from doing certain things.
Of course, there are pros and cons to it, so it’s back to the basics of balancing between what is good for the business and what is good for the employees.
On Wednesday we will have our MESA AGM. Can’t wait to see who will get elected and what resolutions they will pass.
Whatever that’ll be, as long as we get more of no. (1), I’m a happy girl!