NLC to Aero Contractors: Recall Dismissed Workers Now!

AeroBy Danlami Nmodu

Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has urged the of Aero Contractors airlines to reinstate all its dismissed staff immediately. “We call on the of the airline to recall all those dismissed and reopen their offices immediately”NLC said in a  statement by Emma Ugboaja, its acting general .

The statement added that “ we will not hesitate to take appropriate solidarity actions in defence of the workers should the refuse to reverse its decisions, we urge the workers to continue to take all necessary actions, together with their unions, until the decisions are reversed.

NLC said it “ surprised that despite huge opportunities provided by the existence of vibrant, well informed, matured and responsible trade unions in the aviation sector, the of Aero Contractors decided to ignore all available industrial relations mechanisms by dismissing over 655 employees of the company and locked out the entire workforce since 13th 2013.

The apex labour body said “Before the management carried out these ill informed actions, they had approached the National Industrial Court for an injunction that will the management an opportunity to take anti workers decisions without consultation with the unions, the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria.

“The basic intention of the management is to ultimately circumscribe workers rights to belong to the unions as well as casualise the entire workforce.

Ogboaja said “These are totally unacceptable to us and we will do everything possible to defend the rights of the workers.

we applaud the steps taken so far by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA which grounded the airline since safety cannot be guaranteed with an airline that has itself avoidable industrial crisis. All employees of airlines all over the world are key to security and safety of flights.

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