Gulf Air discusses restructure plan with unions
Manama, January 19, 2013
Bahrain national carrier Gulf Air said its management led by Maher Salman Al Musallam, the acting CEO met the representatives from the Ministry of Labour and the airline’s two unions – GATU, NTAGU and CCTU to discuss the key restructuring programme.
The ministry of labour was represented by Dr Mohammed Ali Ansari, the assistant undersecretary for Labour Affairs at the meeting.
During the meeting, discussions focused on the airline’s manpower reduction programme as part of the restructuring strategy aimed at strengthening the national carrier’s core services by optimising its fleet and network, streamlining its organisational structure and re-engineering its internal processes to transform the airline into a more dynamic and efficient national carrier that will continue to serve the Kingdom and its customers.
The participants agreed the importance of Gulf Air as a key national infrastructure asset and recognised that a successful restructuring would involve taking tough decisions but ultimately create a stronger and healthier national carrier for all stakeholders, said the statement from Gulf Air.
As part of the process, the airline had already announced the closure of eight destinations, restructured the executive leadership team and began to reduce the workforce in outstations and headquarters.
The restructuring plan is being implemented progressively in a fair and transparent manner with Gulf Air continuing to be a key Bahraini employer committed to developing a national workforce of aviation professionals, the airline stated.
A successful transition will result in a company with a sustainable long term future and better opportunities for all employees, it added.-TradeArabia News Service