Airline recruiters turn people away


MOST aspiring cabin crew applicants who turned up to the Emirates Airline open day at the Sheraton Fiji Resort on Saturday were disappointed after being turned away.

Of the more than 2000 young people who flocked to Denarau in the hope of securing jobs, only 900 people were able to hand in copies of their curriculum vitae to the two recruiters.

That angered those who turned up at the recruitment as many of them travelled from Suva to Nadi for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

One applicant, Mohini Lata, of Martintar, in Nadi, said the open day by the Dubai-based airline turned out to be a disaster for hundreds of aspiring applicants who had been preparing themselves for weeks.

She said most of the applicants took leave from work and braved the bad weather to arrive early at the venue to make themselves available for the screening. “Emirates recruitment staff seemed oblivious of the huge turnout of candidates waiting outside,” she said.

“They had no proper coordination set up.”

Ms Lata said the decision to turn away the hundreds of people mainly young people was insensitive and inconsiderate.

A television presenter, who was there, said she had high expectations of the open day but was surprised to see only two officials there.

She said the two airline officials could not control the crowd there.

Emirates Airline recruitment support co-ordinator Mughda Vaidya said successful candidates would be required to attend their selection process that would be conducted this week.

The recuiters would not say how many people they hoped to hire from Fiji.

When contacted for a comment, interim Labour Minister Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi, referred all queries to his permanent secretary Taito Waqa.

“I prefer at this stage for my PS to comment,” he said.