Aero Contractors Airline’s Employees Protest Closure

By Unuode Ejiro
Workers of Aero Contractors Airline staged a protest on Wednesday to register displeasure over the impending closure of the airline by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON. The placard-carrying workers, numbering hundreds, staged a walk at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The protest, which was organised by the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and National Union of Air Transport Employees, started around 8:45am.

The secretary of ATSSSAN, Frances Akinjole, said the protest was to call AMCON to order over the ‘illegal closure’ of the airline. She vowed that the unions would resist any move to liquidate the company. She said the AMCON had depreciated the company. Akinjole stated that the airline had 11 planes before the takeover but had just three left currently. She said they had allocated outrageous salaries and allowances for their representatives after they took over majority of the company’s shares in 2011. She also said the move could render about 800 people jobless.


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