Air Seychelles: The recruitment saga
Air Seychelles’ decision to recruit new Cabin Crew is being challenged by a group of former staff who were made redundant earlier this year.
“The fact that they were terminated because of financial reasons and not disciplinary, it is only logical for Air Seychelles to take some of them back, once the company’s financial situation has improved,” says the labour relation lawyer, Bryan Julie.
Over 100 cabin crew have been laid off by the national airline since the Abu Dhabi based company Ethihad went into partnership with Air Seychelles. In February the company acquired 40 percent share in Air Seychelles and a management team entirely made up of expatriates moved in. Since then, over 500 Seychellois have lost their jobs with the company.
A group of seven former staff representing their colleagues met with the Minister for Labour, Idith Alexander, this week to lobby for her support. A senior Labour Ministry who spoke to LSH on condition of anonymity revealed that the Minister has promised to “see what she can do.”
“There is nothing in the law that obliges HM to take back the former staff. But the company’s decision to recruit immediately after laying off so many, is against the principle of work,” added the official.
Most of the staff want to be reemployed because they say the only thing they know relates to the airline industry.
LSH managed to speak to a senior Air Seychelles staff who did not want to be quoted. He explained that there is nothing stopping the former staff to reapply to join the airline.
He said it was very unfortunate that some of them did not meet the criteria to work on the airbus after the selection process. He added the airline stands by its decision to let the staff go because the process was fair and robust.
Air Seychelles is recruiting 60 new crew to work onboard the second airbus arriving in January 2013. For the first time in the company’s history, the recruitment is also taking place on Praslin.
Meanwhile, the dispute between Air Seychelles and the former staff is set to continue with the pending cases before the Labour Tribunal over the wrongful calculations of termination benefits.
Source: Le Seychellois Hebdo 7-20-12