vote for your rights

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!

7 comments:

JaJa'Z said...

kalau jd cikgu..memang penat la main voting2 ni...awal2 tahun dah vote..untuk ketua kelab staff la..setiausaha macam2 menda la..selalu yg kena cikgu2 baru la..hehehe..akak kan separa otai dahhh

Mamamya said...

wahhhhhhhh...nampak sgt akak dah lama x singgah sini...."langsir" dah baru lah..nice2!!!

dah lama x buat aktiviti voting2 ni...maklumlah fulltime housewife...apa lah yg nak di vote yerk.... :)

Aida Rezuan said...

Dieya,

Back then when I was working in KL, we didn't (still don't) have the system like yours. The only people who (are supposed) represent the staff are the HR but at the end, HR yang kejam (trust me, I'm not being harsh) sampai at one point, ada one staff mengamuk nak bunuh HR. Buleh gitu?

Hope you vote for the right ones and get more of number 1! :)

Aida Rezuan said...

Dieya,

Nih rumah baru sempena nak sambut bulan posa ke? :D So sweet la! :)

dieya said...

k jaja,
owh ye laa kan cikgu2 mesti byk masuk kelab2 kat sekolah. k jaja penasihat kelab apa? kelab memasak ke? ke kelab seni silat gayung? gaya pendekar dah ada tu ;-)
wah.. mentang2 dah separa otai, buli cikgu2 baru yek!

k lieya,
thanks! langsir baru yg less pinky tapi still nak maintain keceriaan gitu!
eh housewife pun boleh voting tau.. tunggu je time akademi fantasia nanti vote afundi ;-)

aida,
uish ganasnya ppl at your former workplace sampai nak bunuh2 gitu. yeah i do hope i picked the right ppl! kalau dapat lebih no. 1 boleh gi holiday kat huelva, dpt merasa orang tu punya home made paella ;-)
thanks! maklumlah kan.. dah nak raya kena glam sikit :-D

JaJa'Z said...

hahaha..akak takde la selalu kena bab2 ajak2 ni..sebab dah pegang banyak tugas utama..guru tingkatan,ketua panitia...so, yang kecik2 ni bagi kat cikgu2 baru..dulu kita pun dah merasa kena macam tu jugak...

dieya said...

k jaja,
owh dah naik taraf jadi ikan piranha rupanya.. baguslaa bagi keje kecik2 tu kat ikan bilis kan.. bila lagi diorang nak belajar ;-)
wah k jaja banyak pegang jawatan ni, sure cepat naik jadi GPK, then jadi Pengetua pulak!