Workers violated court order on strike, NAHCo apologises, engages unions

Aviation ground handling company, the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc said it was 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.

In a statement in Lagos Monday, NAHCO acknowledged 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 that 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.

He said, “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.”

It would be recalled that aviation unions, NUATE and 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 to stabilize from the financial effect of the recent promotions. Undaunted, the unions gave notice of strike prompting the Management of the Company to seek for court intervention to prevent industrial action while negotiation proceeded in a serene and conducive atmosphere.

Wole Shadare

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