The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN and the National Union of Air Transport Employees. NUATE have called on the federal government to intervene in the sacking of Nigerian crew members by Virrgin Atlantic Airline.
ATSSSAN and NUATE while joining other well meaning Nigerians all over the world in condemning the action of virgin Atlantic Airline management,
noted that such action was taken without any known procedure or recourse to international labour practice or aviation professional practices and standards.
In a statement signed behalf of ATSSSAN by Saint Omotaje and Olayinka Abioye on behalf of NUATE declared that:”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”
The Unions maintained that, “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”.
ATSSSAN and NUATE warned that aviation workers will be 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”, the Unions concluded.