…Unions Embarked On Strike Despite Subsisting Court Order
The West Africa foremost ground handler, the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company(NAHCO)Aviance, said it is engaging the unions and bringing to an end the disruption in flight services occasioned by the industrial action embarked upon by a section of its staff.
The ground handler in a statement in Lagos today, Monday, acknowledged and lamented that some of its clients were being put through a difficult situation by the insistence of some staff to embark on strike action despite a subsisting order of court which restrained them from doing so.
“We regret all the inconveniences,” the Group Executive Director, Dr. Olusola Obabori said, adding that the company is already engaging the unions and other stakeholders and are positive the situation would be resolved within hours.
“We understand the power of negotiation. The company which has arguably the best welfare package among the local players in the aviation industry will do all that is absolutely necessary to make its workforce happy even as it delights its customers.”
“This situation would be resolved speedily as it is detrimental to the staff, the company and its esteemed clients,” he said.
Recall that aviation unions, the National Union of Air Transport Employees(NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association(ATSSSAN) last week gave a five – day notice of strike to NAHCO management citing slow progress in negotiation for salary review.
The Company which just promoted about 2,000 members of its workforce asked that accelerated negotiation be continued in February to enable the Company stabilise from the financial effect of the recent promotions.
Undaunted, the unions gave the notice of strike prompting the management of the company to seek for court intervention to prevent the industrial action while negotiation proceeds in a serene and conducive atmosphere.
NAHCO is West Africa’s leading ground handling service provider with presence in all major Nigerian Airports.
Founded in December 1979, the Company has since grown into a multi- billion-naira company with diversified investments in energy, logistics and development of a free trade zone. This has led to the establishment of NAHCO Free Zone (NFZ), Mainland Cargo Options Limited (MCO) and Nahco Energy Power and Infrastructure (EPI).