Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Atrocities,horror, and opression at Island Aviation...

One day in May 2001 I saw news paper clip and in it was an advertisement for a customer services assistant required for employment at Island Aviation Services Limited ( the national flag carrier )...I remember it as a Friday afternoon...I applied for the post the following Sunday with my curriculum vitae and copies of educational achievements and testimonials by other institutions I had worked previously...I deliberately wrote only National Security Service and Dhiraagu as my previous employers...I made this because I desperately wanted the job and having stated that I had worked so many companies would make employment at Island Aviation void...

As I recall I was accepted for the interview and around Wednesday I received a phone call from IAS that I should be present for interview and selection around 1430 that day...I told my mother to iron my best outfit of blue long sleeved shirt and dark slacks...I wore a red tie and had trimmed my hair that morning...I went to IAS head office in full preparation and I was anxious for the interview...I received aprreciation for my turn out that day...

The panel of interviewers were: Sujah ( administration officer who was replacement for Abdul Hameed Abdul Ghafoor, the administration manager ), Zuhair ( Manager Cargo Services ), Shafeeq ( Manager Ground Services ), and another person whose name I didn't know but I think he is engineering manager...

They told me introduce myself and I in English fluently told a brief account of my life story upto 2001...The made copious notes...Finally Shafeeq asked politely that would I be willing to work in Ground Services...I replied couteously that I would be glad to serve in that department...

The interview finished and I went home...

The next day I received a phone call from IAS that I was accepted for employment and I should report to Human Resources and Administration at IAS head office the coming Sunday...I was told to bring my National Identity Card...I got jubiliated for wining the job and told my friends Lathy and than my best friend Shumais ( who would be come my enemy later...Read the first post in this blog )...

I reported for work on 10 June 2001 ( as I recall ) and I was given the appointment letter detailing my job and salary...

On that day I boarded the Island Aviation ferry to airport and I was met by the secretary to MGS....I was accompanied by other two employees who got jobs at IAS....The secretary who is Naaz took us to the Airports Company identity card issuance office and we were instantly photographs and given our airport passes...I was stalked to the GS Supervisors office and duty officer at that time was Hussain...He told me that I would have to follow the duty schedule of Ramp Assistant Mashkoor ( who is despicable and full of hatred to me read on )...He radioed or phone Mashkoor and told him to arrive at GS office...A guy entered after a while and he was thin young man with bad complexion and he told me to following...

He took me to the sort out area of the arriving ULD ( unit loading device or aircraft containers ) and told me what the place was...He told me that I would meet many people from my area of Maldives...A mockery...He had no idea from which part of the country I came from...

This would be the start of his abuses...A real holocaust for me...

He than took me to the ramp office where I would work for the next two months till I got unfairly terminated...

At this time I was not well versed with computers...I was not computer literate...I had difficulty and slowness even typing using a computer keyboard...

The next evening I went to the Singapore Airlines ramp and Mashkoor was shouting and fuming at me while teaching me to load the ULD's to the aircraft...I wondered why he hated me like prejudice...

Next I was to type the ULD list to the SITA system which would than send the information to different recipients by telex...Someone had played a computer game and hadn't closed it on the ramp computer...I said to Mashkoor how to log off...He said he don't know how to do it and carefully closed the game...He was checking whether I was new to computers or whether I was well knowledged in computers...What a jealous and foul man was this Mashkoor...I was very very slow in typing and it took me 45 minutes to type it...Mashkoor scolded me in front of all the other staffs saying that it took me 45 minutes to type the UCM ( ULD Container Message )...

The early hours of next morning it was raining thinly...It was a steady drizzle of rain and I had to report for work at 0530...I boarded the ferry and sat with umbrella folded...A ferry crew told me rudely to go and sit on the rear...Mashkoor took this and scolded me infront of all the other staff in ramp saying that he had sit, with water dripping from my body and soaked with rain, on the none smoking area of the ferry...

That day I finished loading Sri Lankan aircraft and went to the ramp office to type the UCM and send it by SITA telex...Mashkoor shouted at me saying that you have to give chocks off when the engineer give the clearance to do so...It should be noted that I am a new staff and it is grossly unfair for him to shout and abuse me that way...It never stopped...

The days went by with more and more abusive treatment from Mashkoor...

Than in early June I was rostered to arrive at airport at 0830 and the last flight was a domestic flight...I had to attend it ramp...I accidently arrived at 0530 in early morning...Ismail Hadhy was the officer in ramp that day...I didn't mentioned that I had arrived accidently...I toiled in the airport till 1730 and it was nearly a record...I didn't complained about it...

Than in June I had tailored my IAS uniforms and one evening I came wearing it...Mashkoor looked at me in a confounded way...That evening after punching duty card I was called by Shahin ( duty manager GS ) and he scolded me...He said that I am crazy and needs treatment...I didn't make any complaints to him...I listened to him sadly and gravely...He told me to improve myself...

A few nights back I was in SQ ( Singapore Airlines )baggage sort out area and made a mistake...There were several flights that night and many staff make errors during sort out...What happend was that I had filled the container card for the tail hold but didn't report it to Load Control...It was the Airports Company Ramp Supervisor who identified it to me...Mashkoor scolded me like a farther admonising a child that night and said inside the Load Control office that he had told me several times about these that it is he who has to take the blame for not telling me...He said this in an abusive way...

Another few nights later there was UL ( Sri Lankan Airlines ) and I accidently forgot to put the container label in one of the containers....Maskoor radioed it in harsh and seething voice to me and when I took the container label he was dancing and jumping with anger pointing at the container...I got ashamed when he spoke on the radio about me smoking and being not vigilant...

The days went by and I was not happy about the abuses which Maskoor was raining at me...

Than one afternoon I and the ramp staff were having coffee at Mariyaadhu Restaurant at airport and Ismail Hadhy told me that is Mashkoor scolding you...Yakini said that Mashkoor has told him that I had worked in NSS and had to be trained in that way...I got sad by this remark...I am a human and he should know that I am a new staff...

One night I was again in the sort out area and there was UL sort out...I told load officer Fazna how many containers had to be made to UL baggage...She told me not much and it was my choice to make it...There was a very foul labourer who is middle aged...He shouted the worst filthy language at me that night when I told him to make extra containers...

The days went by and mid June again I was haunted by the NSS ( I will write about their abuses and mistreatment later )...The days were confusing to me...I deliberately started to tell the abuses I was receiving from Maskoor...

Early these days IAS introduced e-mail services to all the staff...I received a love e-mail from Shazdha who is a baggage assistant...It was the night that e-mail was introduced and also the night that I was being started to be harrased again by the NSS...I showed the e-mail I received from Shazdha to Muki and Wadde...It was infront of them I opened my IAS e-mail inbox for the first time...Both Muki and Wadde fraudlently signed in to my inbox and had send many e-mails to Shazdha...I was now not in speaking terms with Shazdha...She complained about it later to me...This was a sad mistake I had done and I regret it very much now...

One night during these tough days I had to go to SQ ramp...Ismail Hadhy was again the officer that night...He told Adam Shafeeu to go with me and monitor my work...That was also the night when LTTE had blasted the Sri Lakan International Airport...I accidently loaded a UL container to the hold of SQ and this was a mistake I did...

Mashkoor asked about this the other night and I lied that Ismail had stormed angrily...It was lie...Mashkoor commented that he hadn't really scolded to me that way yet...It was not true...He was seething with rage at me always...He hated me like prejudice...

August 2001 came and my actions were carefully observed by the NSS...

I had told all of what Mashkoor had said and done to me to my colleagues at ramp...

So I conclude this episode of my abusive life stroy since I was terminated under grounds of insufficent vigilance on the 27th of August 2001...

Sad really sad....

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