Aero Contractors, which is under the management of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), yesterday said it has laid off 60 percent of its workforce.
Media consultant to the airline, Simon Tumba, said the workers would be paid their pension and gratuity.
However, this did not go down well with the aviation unions who, yesterday, reacted angrily to the sack of Aero Contractors workers. They said they would not accept the reasons advanced by the airline for the mass retrenchment.
The President of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Ahmadu Ilitrus, said he was not aware of the purported redundancy notice to workers and advised workers not to collect any letter from the management of Aero airline.
He added that a meeting to discuss the unions’ next line of action has been fixed for today.
According to Ilitrus; “We are not against redundancy but what we are saying is that before you sack them, there must be money to pay them and I know Aero does not have the money to pay them”.