Thirty Gulf Air staff call to be reinstated

Employees who were dismissed in January as part of cost-cutting claim the airline has since increased services, making their redundancies unfair
Thirty Gulf Air staff call to be reinstated
Gulf Air, Bahrain national carrier
By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 07 Apr 2014 11:21 AM

Thirty former Gulf Air staff have filed complaints, calling to be reinstated after the airline resumed flights to several locations.

The General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) said the former employees had been dismissed in a two-phase voluntary redundancy scheme in January as part of cost-cutting measures that also included reducing destinations and capacity, Gulf Daily News reported

However, the union said flights had resumed to Iran, Iraq and other destinations, creating more work.

"A formal complaint has been lodged by the dismissed staff as the situation is now improving because airline has resumed operations in parts of Iraq, Iran and other destinations," said Gulf Air Trade Union spokesman Mohammed Mahdi.

"These new opportunities mean they need staff as now revenue is being generated and they can accommodate some of the dismissed staff."

The national carrier announced it would slash its staff numbers of 3800 by six percent but the figure reportedly increased to 15 percent.

A union spokesman said an official letter had been sent to airline management in a bid to have the former employees reinstated.

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