Nigeria’s domestic carrier, Aero Contractors has sacked 60 per cent of its workforce based on what the management of the airline described as “huge and unrealistic personnel cost as well as other operational challenges worsened by lack of enough aircraft to keep all the workers meaningfully engaged.”
The workers according to a statement from the airline have been issued notification letters of redundancy as a business decision that will ensure Aero’s survival.
The redundancy letter which was made available to the media yesterday, reads in part:
The statement however added that those in Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and other essential staff in critical departments will not be affected by the notification just as the airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Ado Sanusi and his management team have also ensured that the affected workers will be able to access their full gratuity as well as a part of their pension just to immediately cushion the effect of the development.
According to the Aero management, the affected staff also stand a chance of being recalled as soon as Aero increases the number of aircraft in its fleet in the near future.
“Before taking this critical but necessary business decision, the management of Aero consistently explained the inevitability of redundancy notification to both the workers and the unions because there was no way Aero could carry on with its over-bloated personnel and huge overhead cost.”
Captain Ado Sanusi before his appointment as the CEO of Aero was the deputy managing director at the troubled Arik Air whose mandate is to reposition the airline by returning it to full operational capacity, offering reliable, safe and secure operations, which the airline had been known for over the years.