NAHCO Workers’ Strike is Over after a Deal is Reached.
The workers at Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO) have put an end to the industrial action they had started to demand pay raises.
NewsReport that ccording to the aviation workers, the management of NAHCO has begun negotiations with its employees, according to the national union of air transport employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN).
Frances Akinjole, deputy general secretary of ATSSSAN, disclosed this to journalists on Monday.
“It has been suspended, and they have agreed to commence negotiation on the salary issue with us,” Akinjole said, giving updates on the strike.
The Cable had reported that flights at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport were disrupted earlier today when the NAHCO staff members walked out of the international airport.
In a video seen by The Cable, several passengers were stranded at the international airport, moving about helplessly with their luggage.
The development grounded both inbound and outbound flight schedules.
Prior to the suspension, The Cable also understood that the management of NAHCO had held an emergency meeting to work out a payment plan for the striking staff members.
The company later confirmed that it was engaging with the striking aviation unions to end the flight disruptions experienced by passengers.
In a statement, Olusola Obabori, group executive director of NAHCO, expressed “regret for all the inconveniences.”
He said some of its clients were being put in a difficult situation by the “insistence of some staff to embark on a strike action despite a subsisting court order which restrained them from doing so.”
Obabori added that the company was already engaging the unions and other stakeholders and was positive the situation would be resolved within hours.
“We understand the power of negotiation,” he said. “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,” he said.
“This situation would be resolved quickly as it is detrimental to the staff, the company, and its esteemed clients.”
Last week, NUATE and ATSSSAN gave a five-day notice of strike to NAHCO management, citing slow progress in negotiations for a salary review.