Breaking: ‘Leave us alone’, say workers as unions picket Arik Air [Photos]


Aviation unions on Thursday clashed with workers of Arik Air‎ airline as the unions shut down the airline’s operations.

The unions, which include the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, had on Wednesdy threatened to shut down the airline following Arik management’s failure to reinstate its sacked members.

According to an Arik staff who shared his feelings with under condition of anonymity, most of the Arik’s staff members are not in support of the strike action.

“They have come to disrupt activities at the headquarters of Arik Air again, we are currently staging a counter protest to inform the so-called unionists to leave us alone.”

Arik Air, the largest airline in the country, was recently taken over by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) which has appointed a new management for the airline.

However, the unions are accusing the new management of intolerance to unionism prompting them to declare war against the management.

Other issues of contention are; review of conditions of service, remittance of necessary unions’ deductions to their respective unions and the non re-instatement of sacked union leaders in the airline.

The drama continues as of the time of filing this report while armed policemen continue surveillance of the area.

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