Arik Air has sacked eight of its pilots for embarking on strike without recourse to laid down procedures.
The airline frown on their action as fully booked flights have to be canceled resulting in financial losses.
In a statement, the management of the airline (In Receivership) says, the pilots were sacked on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
The airline described the action of the pilots as gross acts of indiscipline, adding that, the pilots did not serve a strike notice in accordance with labour laws neither did they submit any issue of dispute to the National Association of Airline Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), their umbrella union and any statement of demands to the management of the company.
“There were also no ongoing discussions between the management and the Pilots on any unresolved labour issues. Their actions were spontaneous and callous”.
The statement adds that, management finds it rather treacherous of the Pilots to contemplate a strike action at this Yuletide season which is the peak period 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.