Unions in the Nigerian aviation trade have distanced themselves from Monday’s grounding of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc by a few of its staff.
The unions, comprising of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), said the motion was solely carried out by some NAHCO staff with out the enter of the unions.
The Unions’ position: The General Secretary of ATSSSAN, Comrade Ocheme Aba, told Nairametrics that the unions obtained a restraining order from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria on Friday, which restricted them from embarking on the strike as deliberate.
Aba explained that as a law-abiding organisation, the unions obeyed the court docket order.
He, nevertheless, stated that if the NAHCO’s administration had addressed the problems raised by its staff, the grounding of the dealing with firm by the employees would have been averted. He said:
- “We weren’t part of the motion. It was an motion solely taken by the employees of the bottom dealing with firm. We told them in regards to the court docket order, however they said there was no going back.
- “The workers said they won’t back out of the planned action. They told us to steer clear of it. But as for us, we obeyed the action.”
Grounding affected airways: The Spokesman of Dana Air, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, told our correspondent that the airline lost about N100 million because of the 14-hour-flight disruption on Monday.
According to him, the airline’s flights had been delayed for hours, whereas it could also pay for crew hours. He said:
- “It affected all our flights. At the end of the day, when the companies, the businesses or the unions down instruments, it impacts the airways and the airways would nonetheless be compelled to make refunds, whereas a few of the passengers could be rescheduled.
- “At least, Dana Air lost about N100 million to the action. The airlines have to fly into the night. We know the implication of these things, yet we allow them to degenerate. When the company knew it would eventually reach a truce with the workers, why did you allow them to disrupt our operations?”
The backstory: Recall that some staff of the bottom dealing with suspended operations for about 14 hours on Monday on account of “poor wages.”
More than 50 flights, together with native and worldwide flights, had been disrupted through the interval.
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