Lagos - The unions in the aviation sector have directed the
commencement of a joint strike at Arik Air, with effect from Dec. 20, over the
airline’s failure to pay seven months salary arrears and other anti-labour
The unions gave the directive in a strike notice obtained by
the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
The notice was signed by Mr Olayinka Abioye, General
Secretary, National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), and Mr Frances
Akinjole, General Secretary, Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of
It was also signed by the General Secretary of the National
Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Mr Aba Ocheme.
The unions said the strike would continue indefinitely,
until their demands are met by the management of Arik Air.
Their demands include: “That the management of Arik Air
allows total unionisation of its employees, in compliance with extant labour
laws and with respect to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The management of Arik Air recalls all sacked employees who
have been victimised for their roles in the effort to bring about unionisation
in Arik Air.
“Payment of salary arrears for seven months, with a
commitment to pay salaries as at when due, henceforth.”
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They also called for the immediate review of all employee
remunerations which had remained the same since the inception of Arik Air, over
ten years ago.
The unions further demanded for immediate commencement of
negotiations of Conditions of Service to be concluded within four weeks and
remittance of Pension, Tax, and statutory deductions to the appropriate
They also urged the management of Arik Air to comply with
the Nigerian Expatriate Quota law.
“Towards the full realisation of the strike, all aviation
workers, in complete solidarity with their enslaved comrades in Arik Air shall
withdraw all services being rendered by third parties.
“The aviation workers will be supported by Nigerian workers
from all other sectors throughout Nigeria, to underscore the seriousness of the
matter at hand.
“In the above respect, all ground handling services,
security clearance for Arik Air ticket holders, marshalling, aviation fuel
supply, air traffic control, safety inspection, etc, will be completely
“All Arik Air employees, aviation workers, and other
stakeholders are hereby enjoined to ensure full compliance with this directive
please,” the unions said.
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