Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has urged the management of Aero Contractors airlines to reinstate all its dismissed staff immediately. “We call on the management of the airline to recall all those dismissed and reopen their offices immediately”NLC said in a statement by Emma Ugboaja, its acting general secretary.
The statement added that “While we will not hesitate to take appropriate solidarity actions in defence of the workers should the management 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 was “ surprised that despite huge opportunities provided by the existence of vibrant, well informed, matured and responsible trade unions in the aviation sector, the management 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 March 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 provide 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.
“While 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 caused itself avoidable industrial crisis. All employees of airlines all over the world are key to security and safety of flights.