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Aero Contractors Airline is said to have fired 900 of its workers which represented about 60 per cent of its workforce in efforts to cut operational costs.
The Airline, which is under the management of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) sacked the workers during the week.
According to the airline’s Media Consultant, Mr Simon Tumba, the workers would be paid their pension and gratuity.
As at last September, the Airline was said to have had about 1,500 workers on its payroll before it suspended flights.
In 2013, AMCON took over the airline.
Tumba reported argued that the airline had been grappling with 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 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.
According to him, government’s intervention in Aero 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.”
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