The employees are concerned about their future, fear the end of pensions and unpaid dues in the event of layoffs.
Also, the privatization could result in further job losses in a country already dealing with high unemployment rates. Current and former employees are blaming high executive salaries, unethical business practices, and financial mismanagement for the dire state of the airline.
They allege that the airline’s finances have been drained due to inflated leasing rates for aircraft, overpriced engine acquisitions, and exorbitant charges from internal contractors for catering and maintenance. The privatization of the airline is sparking sharp opposition from trade unions and worker’s parties, who are mobilizing to resist the move, arguing that the government is driving workers towards poverty.