The Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, his Labour and Employment counterpart, Dr. Chris Ngige, and officials of Virgin Atlantic Airline, would appear before the House of Representatives Committees on Aviation and Labour, Employment and Productivity, over the sack of all 21 members of the airline’s cabin crew, .
According to Thisday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Aviation, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, confirmed this.
Onyejeocha added that they would appear before the committee on Monday at 10a.m.
Virgin Atlantic airline is expected to explain its decision to sack its Nigerian cabin crew, an act that has been described as discriminatory, despite its Lagos-London route being its most lucrative route.
This, it had done, ignoring a resolution of the House to stay action on the planned sack until investigations were concluded.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, sponsoring a motion last Thursday, said the foreign-owned airline’s action was a test of the resolve of the lower chamber, and should not be allowed to slide. Gbajabiamila’s motion led to a resolution of the House summoning the Ministers of Aviation, Labour and officials of Virgin Atlantic within 48 hours.
The airline has been accused of discrimination by compulsory dismissal and redundancy of its Nigerian cabin crew, without adequate compensation distinct from the options offered its UK, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and New Delhi employees.
While the UK staff have a choice of continuing in employment in lesser roles, or taking voluntary redundancy, the staff in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and New Delhi, opting for redundancy can choose to commence their redundancy in April 2016 or October 2016.
The Nigerian crew had no such options, the must proceed on compulsory redundancy.
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