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 practices.
unions gave the directive in a strike notice obtained by the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.
reports that 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 Nigeria (ATSSSAN).
was also signed by the General Secretary of the National Association of
Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Mr Aba Ocheme.
unions said the strike would continue indefinitely, until their demands are met
by the management of Arik Air.
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.
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.
of salary arrears for seven months, with a commitment to pay salaries as at
when due, henceforth.”
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.
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 authorities.
also urged the management of Arik Air to comply with the Nigerian Expatriate
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.
aviation workers will be supported by Nigerian workers from all other sectors
throughout Nigeria, to underscore the seriousness of the matter at hand.
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safety inspection, etc, will be completely withdrawn.
Arik Air employees, aviation workers, and other stakeholders are hereby
enjoined to ensure full compliance with this directive please,” the unions