NAAPE Shuts Down Arik Air

The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), have asked their members and other aviation workers to embark on a joint strike action at Arik Air with effect from ‎Tuesday December 20, 2016.

Arik Air is a Nigerian airline operating a domestic, regional and international flight network. It operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.  Photo Credit: Arikair.com

Arik Air is a Nigerian airline operating a domestic, regional and international flight network. It operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Photo Credit: Arikair.com

A statement jointly signed by Abba Ocheme, Olayinka Abioye and Frances Akinjole for the three unions, said the industrial action shall continue indefinitely until: the management of Arik Air recalls all sacked employees who have been victimised for their roles in the effort to bring about unionism in the company.

The group also insisted that the airline should pay salary arrears of seven months, with commitment to pay salaries as at when due hence forth.

Other requests include: immediate review of all employee remunerations which have remained the same since inception of Arik Air over ten years ago;

Immediate commencement of negotiations of Conditions of Service to be concluded within four (4) weeks;

Remittance of Pension, Tax, and statutory deductions to the appropriate authorities and Arik Air Management compliance with Nigerian Expatriate Quota law.”

“In the above respect, all ground handling services, security clearance for Arik Air ticket holders, marshaling, aviation fuel supply, air traffic control, safety inspection, etc will be completely withdrawn.

“All Arik Air employees, aviation workers, and other stakeholders are hereby enjoined to ensure full compliance with this directive”, it added.

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