A coalition of foreign airlines in Nigeria are planning to lay off close to 2000 local workers as a result of their inability to meet operational cost.
This was revealed by the Nigerian National Union of Air Transport Employees according to a report by Vanguard Nigeria. The report cited that a coalition of foreign airlines in the country were allegedly planning to lay off close to 2000 local workers as a result of their inability to meet operational cost.
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General Secretary of the NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Abioye, in a letter calling on the Nigerian Minister of State for Aviation, pleaded the Federal Gov’t to intervene and prevent this layoff as it would destabilize the affected workers
Part of the statement reads, “The reason being 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 (Minister) intervention to grant foreign airlines concession to repatriate their proceeds to their home countries,” it continued.
“We hasten to place on the front burner an emerging threat confronting over 2,000 private sector aviation workers in Nigeria which requires your intervention to forestall imminent loss of jobs of these number of workers,” said Abioye.