19, July 2016
Camair Co-pilots reportedly launched a strike action on Monday, July 18, 2016, because of their poor working conditions. In a memorandum from the Union of Airline Pilots and Flight Engineers of the Cameroon Civil Aviation ( Spinac) addressed to the Minister of Finance and the chairman of the board of directors of Camair-Co, the pilots noted the non-payment of salaries since May 2016.
Commander Ngom Mambingo who signed the document also stated that the pilots were demanding three months of unpaid wages. Camair-Co like every CPDM business structure is run like a crime syndicate. Salaries for December 2015 were paid in February 2016 and that of April 2016 were paid in early July of this year.
The pilots also denounced the incompetence at the top management and operation of aircraft. The recruitment policy of the company is laughable. From 2011 to 2014, Camair-Co had 400 to 500 employees. Today, the workforce is 900 employees, against only 96 additional seats with the two new flying coffins from China- MA-Go with 48 seats each.
So in two years, Jean Paul Nana Sandjo has recruited 500 new employees in a company that is sorely lacking in financial resources to pay the maintenance costs of its aircraft, as well as wages.
Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai (Cameroon Concord News Group)