The Management of Nigeria’s indigenious airline Air peace has laid off 70 of its Pilots across its fleets and reduced staff salaries by 40%.
The airline said it had to take the painful but rightful decision in the face of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations and financial health.
While an agreement was reached and accepted by the Pilots, they have accused the company of trying to sack staff through illegal processes.
The Pilots had protested a major pay cut after negotiation fell through with the management.
But, Air Peace CEO, Allen Onyema said series of emails were sent to the Pilots on this decision.
He explained that the company has had lesser flight operations as a result of the pandemic, and said he expected the pilots to understand the situation.
The company’s flights are now set to be handled by management pilots who do not usually operate on flight duties everyday. Some of those that will be involved include the Director of Flight operations, Head of training and various fleet managers in the company.