Arik Air Reduces Workers’ Salaries By 80 Percent Due To COVID-19
COVID–19 is ravaging Nigeria’s aviation industry forcing flag carrier Arik Air to take drastic measures as it announced 80 per cent cut in the salaries of all workers for April, 2020.
The decision to cut salaries, sources close to the carrier said was a fall out of careful deliberation and analysis by the management and entire organization for the month of April 2020.
It was learnt that effective May 1st 2020, no less than 90 per cent of staff will proceed on leave without pay until further notice.
The source hinted that position will be reviewed on a monthly basis as communications on further developments will be shared by the Human Resources department as the situation evolves.
The source quoted a statement issued by the airline as saying: “While we are not unaware of the challenges that each and every one of us may face during this difficult period, we join you in remaining hopeful that this ugly situation will abate in the shortest possible time and our organization will come out stronger in the long run.
“We are confident that the steps we are taking now are in the best interest of all and will see us through this difficult epoch in the history of mankind .”
Explaining why the company took the painful decision, the source said a few months ago, it would have been impossible to predict such turbulent and challenging circumstances.
The statement further reads; ” To date, the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic remains dire with a high level of uncertainty, even within medical circles regarding the containment of the pandemic. However, daily updates from a few countries seem to be encouraging.
“Our situation in Nigeria appears to be getting worse. With the current observed trend of events, it is prudent to lean on the assumption that the situation is likely to persist for a while longer”.
“Of huge significance to us is that we have suffered a sharp decline of over 98 per cent in our revenue streams since the suspension of our scheduled flights almost four weeks ago. Added to this is the rapid decline in the value of the Naira by over 35 per cent against the benchmark and with oil prices now falling well below $15 per barrel, it is evident that we must, without further delay, take decisive action to preserve our organization”.
The source said the focus of the company as management has always been hinged on the well-being and safety of staff, managing its liquidity as an organization and creating the opportunity to ride out of inclement circumstances such as the one they are faced with.
The source said, recently, the carrier reached out to their suppliers, specifically negotiating reduced rates on all their contracted services and mitigating operational expenses due to changes in demand, stressing that they had also implemented contingency plans for staff and introduced operational support flexibility.
He said some of the measures taken so far have contributed to conserving “our limited resources, the outlook for the near future is not encouraging and our current level of business simply cannot support our operations for much longer”.