Rabat - Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Morocco's national carrier, has been accused by newly graduated pilots of hiring foreign pilots instead of investing in local manpower.
Rabat – Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Morocco’s national carrier, has been accused by newly graduated pilots of hiring foreign pilots instead of investing in local manpower.
Unionized pilots under the banner of the Moroccan Pilots Association have criticized Morocco’s flagship carrier for employing foreign pilots at the expense of a good number of young Moroccan pilots who have recently graduated from state-certified aviation schools in Morocco.
Speaking to news website Lakome2, Iqbal Al-Matarfi, President of the Moroccan Pilots Association, said that the dark cloud of unemployment hangs over many newly graduated Moroccan pilots, stressing that RAM’s hiring practice of foreigners is only making things worse.
Al-Matarfi said that to solve the unemployment problem, Royal Air Maroc must reduce the number of non-Moroccan pilots on its payroll and replace them with skilled Moroccan airline pilots.
To prove his point, Al-Matarfi said that many Moroccan pilots who failed to join Royal Air Maroc are being recruited by giant airlines in the Gulf countries.
The Moroccan Association of Airline pilots (AMPL) threatened to go on strikes many times to denounce, among other things, the recruitment of foreign airline pilots by the state-owned Royal Air Maroc with salaries and welfare benefits that are higher than those of Moroccan pilots.
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