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Arik Air sacks 300 workers

The management of Arik Air has revoked the appointments of 300 members of staff, and relieved them of their duties.

This development was disclosed by the airline in a statement titled, “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”, which was released on Friday.

In the press statement, Arik said the sacking was due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The airline explained that with the help of the aviation unions, a redundancy package would be provided for the affected workers.

Part of the statement read, “Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.

“The leadership of the impacted unions has been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”

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Furthermore, Arik added that over 50 per cent of its workforce of over 1,600 staff have been on furlough in the past six months.

In addition, in a separate statement released by the Public Relations and Communications Manager of Arik, Banji Ola, the airline apologised to passengers whose travel plans were disrupted by the protest carried out by the National Union of Air Transport Employees on December 3, 2020.

The protest disrupted operations in Lagos and prevented Arik from processing its passengers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Domestic Terminal 1 and 2.

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