Rabat - Morocco’s state-owned carrier, Royal Air Maroc, has denied that King Mohammed VI intervened to end the strike of its cabin staff.
Rabat – Morocco’s state-owned carrier, Royal Air Maroc, has denied that King Mohammed VI intervened to end the strike of its cabin staff.
Aziz Chaoui, the staff’s union representative, had said earlier that King Mohammed VI intervened on behalf of the cabin staff of Royal Air Maroc (RAM)on Tuesday, instructing the company’s administration to negotiate with workers who had orchestrated a 48-hour strike.
“Our voice was heard by his Majesty,” Chaoui, who has been leading demonstrations to increase the base salary of cabin staff by MAD 2,800-5,000. “The directives of His Majesty are clear. We must negotiate with the other side.”
However, RAM’s management denies any intervention from the palace.
“The Wali of Casablanca took the initiative to meet with employee representatives to discuss the conditions for further negotiations,” a source close to senior-level executives said, adding that the meeting occurred on October 19th.
During the first round of negotiations, RAM agreed to reinstate the 70 employees it had fired during the first day of the strike.
“From a legal point of view this is not a strike,” the anonymous corporate source said. “This is a dereliction of duty. Reinstatement following the meeting with the Wali is a testimony of good faith for further negotiations.”
The two sides held a second meeting yesterday, though the outcome of the meeting is still unclear.
RAM has had a rough week.
Front Page Africa reported today that a flight carrying 138 Liberians, who had been trapped in the Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca due a shortage of available RAM aircraft, arrived in Monrovia early Thursday morning.
“We paid our money for the airline services but we were treated as criminals, sleeping on the cold floor without food or water after they refused to provide a plane to bring us home to our families,” an angry passenger who identified only as Johnson, told reporters. “I hope our government will take action against Royal Air Maroc because they do not have good service.”
A total of 450 passengers from Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Sierra Leone had been stranded in Casablanca since last Sunday, when a RAM flight that would have taken them to Togo, Liberia and Guinea did not take off as scheduled.