Aviation Unions Shut Down ASL, Serve Air



Aviation unions have shut down the premises of Newrest Airline Services Limited (ASL) in- flight service provider and Serve Air  for their refusal to allow staff of their companies to unionise.

The unions comprises of the: National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE),Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(ATSSSAN and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers(NAAPE),shut the two organisations down early this morning

The General Secretary of NUATE, Comrade Abba Ocheme and the Lagos State, Chairman, NUATE, Comrade Paul Igene told AbelNews that the two entities bluntly refuse to allow their workers to join union of their choice.

“As we speak to these two organisations; ASL and Serve Air have been shut and our members are right there now,” she said,

The added that the management of ASL went to court to pray the court to grant them order to stop unions from picketing it but that court not grant order.

They alleged that AS, was forcing them to belong to the hospitality union, a situation which according to them the staff of ASL refused.

ASL move to force its staff to join a particular union, the NUATE scribes contended is against the labour laws, which permits staff to join any union of their choice

On the latest on Caverton, Abba said that the unions have commenced discussions with rotary wing company, adding it has agreed to pay all the workers that were laid off for redundancy within five weeks.

The General Secretary stated that the airline also agreed to address all other pending issues before the end of 2019.

Speaking further, Abba stated that Caverton denied sending Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to attack union members and that the RRS members were sent from Abuja, a situation, Abba said the Inspector General of Police is investigating.

On one of the union members, who was assaulted by RRS and who had a miscarriage, Abba said that she has travelled to the village.

Recalled that the unions had last week picketed Caverton for failing to pay workers their redundancy  and terminal benefits after they were laid off.



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