Arik Air Fires Pilots For Embarking On Illegal Industrial Action



The management of Arik Air (In Receivership)  said it has  sacked  several of its pilots for   embarking on illegal industrial action  which amount to  gross acts of indiscipline.

The affected Pilots were dismissed for embarking on a strike action without recourse to lay down procedures.

The pilots did not serve a strike notice in accordance with labour laws.

They neither submitted any issue of dispute to the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), their umbrella union nor did they submit any statement of demands to the management of the company.

There were also no ongoing discussions between the management and the pilots on any unresolved labour issues, as their  actions were spontaneous and callous.

A statement by  Arik Air management said that it finds it rather treacherous of the pilots to contemplate a strike action at this Yuletide season which is the peak period for airlines all over the world, adding that they peddle for naught the reputation and financial health of the company.

“It is instructive to note that the management of the airline has of late had very fruitful discussions with relevant aviation unions including the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), on conditions of service for all employees. This has led to the signing of a robust condition of service and redundancy benefits for staff.” The management said.

The statement said that while great efforts have been made to minimise the impact of the illegal strike action, some fully booked flights have had to be cancelled.

Arik Air, the management said regrets the inconvenience caused by this action and is doing everything in its powers to minimise the impact and discomfort to its esteemed customers.

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