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Foreign airlines accused of sourcing in-flight meals outside Nigeria

The Lagos NLC chairperson says the practice has forced catering services to retrench workers.

• September 28, 2021

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Tuesday accused some foreign airlines of sourcing in-flight meals outside Nigeria.

Lagos NLC chairperson Funmi Sessi identified the airlines as Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, and Rwand Air.

Mrs Sessi said that preventing local suppliers from providing catering services for the airlines had reduced employment opportunities for the Nigerian populace.

“As part of building the economy and trying to boost the aviation sector following the Covid-19 pandemic, labour through NLC Lagos has discovered that foreign airlines are now in the habit of back-catering,” she said.

Mrs Sessi said some companies certified by the government to provide catering services had already retrenched workers and lost percentages of their turnovers.

She listed the companies to include Newrest ASL Nigeria, Pan African Catering Services, Servair Nigeria and LSG Sky Chefs.

“Servair Nigeria has over 200 workers; Newrest ASL over 600 workers, both in Lagos and Abuja; Servair Nigeria has already retrenched about 80 workers since the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Also, Newrest ASL has retrenched 122 workers because these airlines are not patronising them. Newrest ASL has lost 58 per cent of its turnover, while Servair Nigeria lost 66 per cent,” she said.

Mrs Sessi threatened that labour would take decisive action if the practice continued.

She urged stakeholders in the aviation sector, including the federal government, to intervene and urgently address the issue.

“Other countries do not allow this practice, so why should ours be different? This means there will be job losses for the workers,” she said.

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