In News by stephen abiodun on the 05th, August, 2020

Bristow Sacks 100 Pilots, Engineers

Bristow Sacks 100 Pilots, Engineers

A day after Air Peace sacked over 75 pilots, embattled Bristow Helicopters, yesterday, introduced the sack of over 100 pilots and engineers made up of Nigerians and expatriates.

That is coming amid industrial motion embarked upon by labour unions that has crippled the airline’s operations.

The airline, nonetheless, primarily based its determination on the extreme influence of COVID- 19, stating that its enterprise has been affected adversely and would use the interval to now restructure all elements of its enterprise mannequin.

Bristow’s administration mentioned: “The unfold of COVID-19 virus has severely impacted all sectors within the aviation trade, together with our market, which primarily serves the Nigerian oil and gasoline sector. As well as, the continued downturn within the international oil and gasoline market continues to affect and decide the demand for our providers.

“The mixed results of those ‘arising’ have resulted in very vital reductions to our enterprise, notably a discount within the variety of contracted plane in Nigeria. Consequently, the corporate should now restructure all elements of its enterprise mannequin (each Rotary & Fastened Wing), together with an in depth evaluation of its operations and we proceed to drive efficiencies, however with zero compromise to security and our core values.

“Considered one of these measures contains the precise sizing of the enterprise to make sure that the corporate has the optimum degree of personnel to proceed the protected supply of its providers to its purchasers, while permitting the suitable capability for future development. Accordingly, and with a lot remorse, the corporate has taken the very tough determination to launch over 100 pilots and engineers (each Nationwide and Expatriates) over the following couple of weeks.”

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Bristow continued: “In compliance with the related labour and native content material legal guidelines and in addition finest practices; the corporate has engaged the management of the Nationwide Affiliation of Plane Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to barter a good and equitable redundancy compensation for the affected people.

“In compliance with the phrases of employment, the affected people will likely be paid three months’ wage (excluding relevant deductions) following their exit from the corporate. The redundancy packages will likely be paid to them as quickly as an settlement has been reached with NAAPE.

“This determination has not been made flippantly, however having thought of the state of the enterprise and the very severe constraints brought on by the unfold of the COVID-19 illness and the downturn within the oil and gasoline market, the corporate should now take this painful, however decisive step to make sure the continuity of its enterprise and supply of important providers to its purchasers.”

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