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Aero workers continue protest

18 March 2013, 15:11

Ikeja - Some workers of Aero Contractor airline, on Monday continued with their protest against the airline's management over some labour related issues.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the workers had on March 13, started the protest, which grounded operations of the airline at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

The workers belong to the Air Transport Senior Staff Service Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).

NAN reports that members of their unions were seen marching toward the MMA early on Monday, displaying placards with various inscriptions.

Olayinka Abioye, Acting General Secretary, ATSSSAN, told NAN that the airline's management, at the weekend, called the workers to resume duty, but unfortunately they (workers) got there to find the gates locked.

He said that 300 members of staff, whose names were displayed on the office gate, were directed to resume, while 700 others were asked to re-apply to the airline through its website.

``The management pasted the names of 300 staff members to resume duty this morning, while 700 workers were locked out; the 300 included the pilots and engineers of the airline.

``This is just to create division between the workers; we are all ready to work if the airline management opens their gates, so that we can contribute our quota to the industry,’’ he said.

Abioye said that the unions were waiting for the decision of the Industrial Arbitration Court before deciding their next line of action.

NAN reports that following the action of the workers, the airline’s counters at the MMA 2 were still empty as at noon on Monday.



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