Arik Air sacks pilots for’ Illegal Strike Action’

The management of the airline said it took the action because the pilots embarked on illegal strike action without recourse to lay down procedures.

Arik Air’s aircraft

In a statement by the carrier early Thursday, it said 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. Their actions were spontaneous and callous.

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“Arik Air 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. 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”.

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It noted that while great efforts have been made to minimize the impact of the illegal strike action, some fully booked flights have had to be canceled.

“ Arik Air regrets the inconvenience caused by this action and is doing everything in its powers to minimize the impact and discomfort to its esteemed customers.”

Wole Shadare