The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has alleged that there are plans by foreign airlines operating into the country to sack over 2000 Nigerian employees in order to cut costs and shrink its operations.
In a letter to the Minister of Transportation, and State for Aviation respectively dated March 8, 2016 with reference as NUATE.GS/HMS.FMT/ENP/003-16 titled Save our Souls and Jobs of over Two Thousand Workers, the union said the reason for the sack is that foreign airlines earnings in the past year is under lock with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to the letter signed by Ag. General Secretary, Olayinka Olu. Abioye , this has greatly hindered the airlines’ abilities to transfer their earnings to their respective home countries to meet operational costs.
The union, in the letter, urged Federal Government to intervene and grant the foreign airlines concession to repatriate their proceeds to their home countries because according to them, the airlines are already devising underhand tactics, inimical to safety and security, to gradual reduce services/operations which may not be in the interest of the country and her people.
The letter read,”As partners with the Federal Government through your good office, we support wholeheartedly the change mantra of the government and pledge our unalloyed allegiance towards its success but we hasten to place on the front burner, an emerging threat confronting over two thousand (2000) private sector aviation workers in Nigeria, which requires your intervention, to forestall imminent loss of jobs of these numbers of workers.”
“Information has just filtered into our ears that all is not well with the foreign airlines operating into Nigeria as it is planning massive reduction in the numbers of its employees, (over two thousand) in order to cut costs and shrink its operations. “
“The reason been adduced for this “danger” is that their earnings in the past year is under lock with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as they are unable to transfer these earnings to their respective home countries to meet operational costs, in accordance with international rules.”
“Following concerns raised recently by leaders of these workers and other stakeholders and in appreciation of the good intent of the government’s fiscal policy, we humbly make this clarion call for your intervention to grant Foreign Airlines concession to repatriate their proceeds to their home countries.”
“The airlines are already devising ways and other tactics, inimical to safety and security, to gradual reduction of services/operations which may not be in the interest of the country and her people, if not quickly remedied, Sir.”
Recall in November 2015, unions including NUATE and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) chided Virgin Atlantic for plans to sack cockpit and cabin crew workers of Nigerian extraction describing the act as vindictive