Aero Contractors Airline has allegedly sacked 60 percent of its workers.
According to the airline Media Consultant, Simon Tumba, in a statement he issued on Thursday, letters of redundancy were issued to the affected employees.
He also noted that the affected workers would be paid their pension and gratuity.
Mr. Tumba said that the airline currently has aircraft-to-employee ratio of 1:500, which is reportedly the worst in the history of global airline industry.
Aero Contractor has been taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
“The issuance of notification of redundancy is a business decision that will ensure Aero’s survival.
“The current situation where over a thousand people are basically not engaged due to lack of serviceable aircraft is not sustainable for the airline.
“The huge monthly salary associated with a bloated workforce will eventually kill the airline, which is not the intention of the current government,” he said.
He added that the government’s aim in the takeover of the airline was to save it from total collapse.
“This decision will immediately reduce the whopping operational cost, which has been stifling Aero; enable the management bring in more aircraft through savings from overheads and pay for C-checks.
“It will also enable Aero have a more manageable and committed workforce in line with international best practices of 50 to 60 personnel to one aircraft unlike what obtains in Aero at the moment.”
In its response, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), have condemned the move by Aero.
According to Frances Akinjole, the general secretary of ATSSSAN, he said that the affected workers had been notified not to accept the purported letter of redundancy.
“We are totally against it because in the first place, our members are still being owed salaries and we have not even negotiated the redundancy package.
“If they go ahead with this move then the unions are prepared to face them headlong,” he said.