…To begin strike Monday
The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), have threatened to shut down operations at the corporate headquarters of Arik Air in Lagos, over plans to change its name to Nigeria Eagle.
A story earlier published by the Sun has it that a reliable union disclosed that plans are ongoing to change the name of the embattled airline from Arik Air to Nigeria Eagle which is now creating apprehension among present and past staff who are being owed arrears of salary.
It quoted the source as saying that though the rebranding is expected to help the carrier attract new investors, there is palpable fear among staff and various government agencies that no investor would want to carry liabilities incurred while it was still bearing the old name.
“The reason why the company wants to change the name is to possibly attract new investors but as I speak, the fear in Arik Air is that the management may want to offload the actual financial situation when it changes the name and pitches it to investors. “In all honesty, the situation is not clear now. We know that there are plans to change the name but the management hasn’t come out to address the issue and this lack of clarity is worsening the situation. Workers don’t know what to expect. What happens to the huge debt it is owing government agencies, contractors and its past and present workers,” the report said.

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