Passengers affected by the shut down of Arik Air actions have accused the airline of disrupting their plans and non-communication.
On Monday, aviation unions blocked the operations of the airline and vowed to keep up their floor till their calls for have been met.
They included the Nationwide Union of Air Transport Workers (NUATE) and Air Transport Senior Workers Providers Affiliation of Nigeria (ATSSSAN).
The unions alleged anti-labour practices and non-payment of employees salaries since April after 90 % of the workforce have been laid off.
These embrace fee of excellent salaries arrears, signing of Circumstances of Service, remittance of pension, tax, and statutory deductions to the suitable businesses.
Additionally they need fee of wage arrears of seven months, with a dedication of wage fee as at when due, in addition to instant evaluation of all worker remunerations stagnant for over a decade.
Arik Air administration had urged the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to wade within the deliberate industrial motion.
Chief Government Officer, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, made the attraction in a letter to the minister entitled, “Re-Unions in Arik Air threaten to down instruments.”
Arik Air stranded passengers expressed disappointment over the event.
Many condemned the airline for failing to tell them of the state of affairs for schedule adjustment and flight change.
A traveler, Votapwa Taragi, affected informed DAILY POST that her 6:45am flight was affected.
The authorized practitioner mentioned: “I acquired to the MM1 at 5:20am. The union members didn’t enable Arik Air to function. I rushed to MM2 to guide a Dana 7:20am flight. The brand new time affected my schedule. Arik Air ought to talk points like this early so passengers can prepare an alternate. What occurs to individuals with inadequate funds to guide one other flight? A authorized motion is an choice.
“In Abuja, one in all my luggage didn’t come out. Dana employees mentioned some others have been dropped; I consider it was deliberate. It should be punishment for insistence on paying for my extra baggage to the airline as a substitute of a private checking account the counter employees gave us. Right this moment was a horrible expertise. Aviation authorities and airways ought to do higher”, she added.
On Twitter, Abimbola Apampa mentioned: “I and lots of different passengers acquired a impolite shock this morning on attending to the Arik Air verify in counter! “Sorry Arik shouldn’t be flying as a result of the union is on strike”. There was no mail or textual content message to tell any passenger and having travelled all the way in which from Ajah to the airport at ikeja, depriving me of sleep & satisfactory relaxation, just for Arik Air to breach our settlement to fly me!”
Equally, Boluwarin Emmanuel tweeted: “So, Arik Airline offered tickets just for their employees union to disrupt operations on a Monday morning!
“Protest ongoing as a result of non remittance of pension deducted from staff. Arik Air administration is a joke. I’ve all the time reserved my remark about ArikAir. However, at present is a No! No!! Shey you sabi any lawyer; Litigation.”