By Victoria Ayuwei, Per Second News
Arik air, introduced into Nigeria at the turn of the 21st century, with its attendant commercial viability and propensity for job creation has been widely acknowledged as probably one of the best thing to happen to Nigeria in the last 14 years.
However, all the glitz and glamour that characterize the lifestyle of the privileged staff within the swishy confines of the airline may be a façade after all, as latest discovery suggests that the Ojemai investment companies has been running a labour camp.
Workers have turned to begging to survive the hard economic realities. Workers complain of working long hours without bonus and overtime pay.
Workers of the communication outfit in a chat with Per Second News has voiced their grievances over the company’s refusal to pay salaries and also implement a long due pay raise in their contract.
The airline has failed in its earlier promise to pay salary arrears to workers as agreed with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the union prior to opening of its offices sealed by protesting workers.
Findings by Per Second News revealed that the troubled airline in dire financial straits plans to cut hundreds of jobs with pilots of the airline leaving to other airlines.
Per Second News can confirm that almost a dozen Arik airline pilots quit their jobs in recent months with some of them leaving to Air Peace, Dana, and Medview airlines forcing the airline to cancel and suspend flights to some route.