Thursday, April 4, 2013

■ NIGERIA: AeroContractor's management directs fired workers to reapply for their jobs.

AeroContractor's (AJ) management, on the back of strong government pressure, has directed its recently dismissed staff numbering 600+ to reapply for assessment and possible reemployment. The airline recently resumed partial operations following a 20 day long strike.

According to a letter signed by Aero's Managing Director, Obaro Ibru, and CCed to the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) in Ikeja, affected employees have been given until  Tuesday to return their dismissal letters while salaries are to be paid "at the appropriate time."

The exercise is part of the conditions set down during talks with striking workers last week.
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSqlm8wE67xWwoVYppS8_1-fBojii0uCNeQdppt0jk-98Ha02vKwg"All the affected staff members have been formally communicated with and also notified that they are to undergo an assessment for a suitable role within the company as applicable. The balance of their March 2013 salary payable to them will be credited to their salary accounts, respectively.

While the assessment is ongoing, the full salaries and benefits applicable to them for the position they occupied prior to the commencement of the reorganisation process has been reinstated and will be paid.
Source [ThisDay]
Joyce Nkemakolam, the Acting Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), had said that the airline was granted permission to recommence skeletal flights to Uyo, Abuja and Port Harcourt with full status operational status to be granted once it has completed its auditing process.

The near 3 week long strike is estimated to have cost Nigeria's second largest carrier USD100million with passengers shunning the carrier over the poor way in which it handled the disruptions.