Condemnations have continued to trail the decision of the management of Arik Air to declare 300 workers redundant at a time efforts are being made to create jobs for Nigerians.
It would be recalled that the airline operator declared its 300 staff redundant attributing it to the debilitating impact of the COVID-9 pandemic which has dealt a serious blow on the aviation industry.
The airline according to its Manager, Public Relations & Communications, Adebanji Ola took the decision to declare the workers redundant following the devastating impact of the pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations and stunted revenues against increasing operational costs on its current level of operations.
According to him, the airline management has engaged the leadership of the impacted unions, which have been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.
“It is important to note that over 50 percent of Arik Air’s workforce of over 1,600 staff has been on furlough in the past six months on a base allowance.
“Decisions to let go of staff is naturally a difficult decision. Arik Air wishes the impacted staff well in their future endeavor”, Ola stated.