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ATCL to lay off 90 per cent of its workforce

THE national flag carrier, Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), has announced plans to lay-off an estimated 200 employees as part of its efforts to revamp the struggling airline.

The redundancy, which will affect 90 per cent of the airline’s employees, is aimed at implementing President John Magufuli’s directive to the new management to boost efficiency and send home all ineffective workers.

 ATCL director general Eng Ladislaus Matindi told The Guardian yesterday they are in the process of suspending workers who can’t cope with current working speed.

 “We have a good number of employees but only a few are efficient enough… we are filtering them so we can remain with the best personnel only,” Eng Matindi said.
He said the company currently has a total of 221 employees, which is too big for them to handle.
Eng Matindi cited some of the criteria to be used in laying off employees as working experience, academic qualifications, and customer care aptitude.
 He said the exercise will touch each of the airline’s sections, including managers and directors.
 “We are determined to improve our services; we can only achieve that by working with experienced and educated staff. Experienced staffers without good customer service attitudes will also be removed,” he said.

There are unconfirmed reports that the airline has already suspended almost all workers in its Comoro and Mwanza offices as part of the staff­-culling exercise.

Speaking at a recent function to receive two new Bombardier Q400 planes purchased for the airline from Canada, President Magufuli singled out the two regional offices as points of massive fraud being conducted through issuing tickets meant for children to be used by adults. He directed the new ATCL management to retrench workers who he said have failed to go with his ‘speed’ in terms of work ethic.

In his one year in office so far, the president has made the restoration of ATCL into the competitive airline of old one of his government’s priority concerns. Plans are now afoot for the national carrier to purchase at least two jet planes – an Airbus A330­200 and Bombardier CS 300 ­ and another Bombardier Q400 plane by 2018.

source: ippmedia


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