Arik Air operations disrupted by striking workers over unpaid salary
Arik Air operations was on Monday disrupted by striking workers demanding payment of their salary arrears of seven months owed them by the airline.
The aviation workers’ union are also complaining about the other anti-labour practice of the airline which was taken over by the state-run Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) due to the indebtedness of its owners.
The airline had written a letter of appeal to the Minister of Labour and Employment, urging him to interface with the aviation unions that threatened to disrupt the airline’s operations over workers’ welfare and non-payment of allowances.
he letter titled: ‘Re-Unions in Arik Air Threaten to Down Tools September 14’, dated September 11, 2020, was written by the Chief Executive Officer, Arik Air in Receivership, Captain Roy Ilegbodu, and directed to the Minister of Labour and Employment as well as copied the Minister of Aviation and the Director-General of NCAA.
“We strongly believe that the threat of strike without an exhaustive use of the various channels of engagement, discussion, consensus and understanding is faulty and unlikely to yield the best outcomes for staff, the company and its faithful passengers.
“It is in fact an abuse of the position of union leadership, as the issues in dispute cannot pass the test of fairness, and only affect, in the short term, less than 20 staff members out of a work force of over 1,600,” the airline stated.