Arik Air has fired a number of its pilots for allegedly going on strike without following established procedures and standards.
According to LEADERSHIP, the affected Pilots did not issue a strike notice in accordance with labor laws because they did not submit any issue of dispute to their umbrella union, the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), nor any statement of demands to the company’s management.
According to a statement issued to LEADERSHIP and signed by Arik Air management, there was no ongoing conversation between management and pilots on any unresolved labor issues, therefore the airline’s actions were impulsive and insensitive.
“Arik Air believes that the Pilots are being treacherous by considering a strike during the Yuletide season, which is the busiest time of year 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.
“While great efforts have been made to minimise 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 minimise the impact and discomfort to its esteemed customers,” said the statement.