Aero grounded by industrial action
Aero’s staff embarked upon a strike this morning, resulting in a suspension of all flight operations. The airline’s staff are worried about the appointment of a new human resource manager and a plan to outsource employees, while some workers complained about unpaid salaries and poor working conditions.
Aero’s Management apologised in a brief statement for ‘the inconvenience suffered by our highly esteemed customers due to an abrupt industrial action by our staff which has led to grounding of all our scheduled operations’. The airline said it is engaging with the unions to find a quick and amicable resolution.
Nigeria’s oldest airline is going through a turbulent time. Aero and its long-time Canadian partner CHC parted ways in 2010, shortly after which the airline’s owner, Cecilia Ibru, was arrested for financial fraud. Subsequently, Aero ran into financial difficulties and was rescued by AMCON, which acquired a 60 per cent stake in the airline in 2012. A new management took over, but apparently the airline is not yet back in calmer waters. An unfortunate decision by the new management was to scale down all online customer services; the airline no longer provides updates through its twitter and blog pages, nor does it respond to email enquiries.