Unions in the aviation subsector have condemned the sack of cockpit and cabin crew workers of Nigerian extraction by Virgin Atlantic labelling the act as racist and not one to be swept under the carpet as they are making a lot from Nigeria that they so vindictively laid off its indigenous personnel
Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) who condemned in totality the action of virgin Atlantic Airline management to layoff Nigerian cabin crew said the airline did so without any known procedure or reason to international labour practise or aviation professional practices and standards. A statement signed behalf of ATSSSAN by Saint Omotaje and Olayinka Abioye on behalf of NUATE declared “We have studied the situation and have decided to call on the Federal Government, through the relevant ministry of Transportation and Aviation Agencies (MDA’s) to intervene in this act of RACISM before it gets out of hand” “It is now obvious that Virgin Atlantic does not have a workable conditions of service for its employees. Even where it exist, it discriminate against the Black race (Nigerians) aboard their airplane and yet they will not want to leave the Lagos – UK route for those that love us, Nigerians”. The unions warned that aviation workers will mobilised through their various Unions, Associations and International affiliates in the coming days to seek the reversal of this racial impunity on Nigerian Crew. “We believe that Virgin Atlantic must respect their Community Social Responsibility (CSR) obligation owed Nigerians.
If they cannot use our crew in their airline then they have no business flying into or from our country where they make a lot of money”