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UPDATE: Merpati Strike Averted

MZ Pilots Greet Passengers with Red Roses As Strike Scheduled for 14 January Called Off.


Bali News: UPDATE: Merpati Strike Averted
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(1/18/2002)

A threatened strike by the pilots of the Indonesian domestic carrier Merpati Nusantara Airlines (MZ) was averted on Monday, 14 January 2002, as pilots greeted passengers scheduled on morning flights with roses.

The strike by the Merpati Pilot's Association (APM) was called off when the association's management were assured by the Minister of State Owned Businesses that the Board of Directors of the airline would be replaced at a shareholder's meeting scheduled to be held sometime within the coming month.

Concerned passengers boarding MZ flights on January 14, the planned date for the strike, were greeted by banners, notes from the Pilot's association and flowers handed out deck crew who, while delaying their threatened strike action, emphasized they would follow through with the threatened industrial action if the current board were not soon replaced in February.

As reported from balidiscovery.com on 13 January 2002, representatives of the APM recently testified before a National Parliamentary committee detailing their grievances with the airlines appointed Board of Directors.

Change Promised at Garuda, Merpati & Pelni

In a related development, the Deputy Minister for State-Owned Enterprises - Logistics and Tourism, Ferdinan Nainggolan, told the press on Monday, 14 January, that the Government would soon replace the directors of three State-Owned Companies - Garuda, Merpati, and the State shipping company PELNI. Nainggolan claimed that such changes were not necessarily tied to poor performance by the current directors, but to a need to regularly renew managers in top positions.



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