12 Years After : Ex. Workers Give SAHCO, BPE Seven Days Ultimatum To Pay N1.8B Severance Benefits

* Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika




The former workers’ of  Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited(SAHCOL),  now  Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) PLC have given both SACHo and Bureau for Public Enterprises(BPE)seven days ultimatum to pay  their severance benefits failing which they would be forced to disrupt the of the ground handling organisation nationwide .

This is just as the workers said that about 15 of their colleagues  have died  out of the  982 ex-workers and that some are in the hospital and unable to pay their medical bills.

The Chairman, former Workers Union, Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited(SAHCOL), Mr. Ochai Adamu  said this while briefing aviation journalists on the planned action at the National Union of Air Transport Employees(NUATE),Secretariat, Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA),Lagos.

He said that the workers decided to give the seven days ultimatum following the refusal of SAHCO  and BPE to pay them their severance benefits after several meetings for 12 years.

The Chairman said that although they were paid peanuts, some years ago but that SACHo as it is now called   and BPE have  refused to pay them  the balance .

According to him the total amount computed as workers is N3.5 billion  and that  it was reduced to N1.8 billion , adding that for over 12b years their severance benefits have not been paid.

He said that the workers have been pushing for the payment of their benefits since 2007 and that after several meetings without fruitful results .

Ochai added based on  the inability to resolve the issue,  the workers lawyer took the case up and that the case is presently at the Industrial Court.

On SAHCo’ reaction to the issue on ground, Ochai said that SAHCO management said that the company does not owe  the workers.

According to Ochai , “The issue is who will pay this money? SAHCO MD said it is BPE that will pay the money .He said we did not work for SAHCO but for the government. The first money that was  paid in 2013 was called ex-gratia but it was a peanut. Our lawyers took up the matter in 2013 but majority of our people have died, more than 15 people, some are incapacitated.”

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