Airport strike: NAHCO says situation is under control

Indranil Gupta, Managing Director of NAHCO

While airlines, local and foreign, are counting their losses as a result of the strike embarked upon by staff of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) over the refusal of NAHCO to increase their salaries today, NAHCO says the situation is under control as its management is already engaging aviation workers unions in discussion with a view to end the strike.

The strike led to disruption of flights both on the local and international scenes. Both local and foreign airlines could not operate their flights.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, NAHCO maintained that it acknowledged that some of its clients were being put through a difficult situation by the insistence of some staff to embark on the strike despite a subsisting order of court, which restrained them from doing so.

The Group Executive Director, NAHCO, Dr Olusola Obabori, said “We regret all the inconveniences, the Company is already engaging the Unions and other stakeholders and are positive the situation would be resolved within hours.

“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.”

The aviation unions consisting of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) had last week given a five day notice of strike to NAHCO management citing slow progress in negotiation for salary review.

According to the NAHCO management: “The Company which just promoted about 2,000 members of its workforce asked that accelerated negotiation be continued in February to enable the Company stabilize from the financial effect of the recent promotions. 

“Undaunted, the unions gave the notice of strike prompting the Management of the Company to seek for court intervention to prevent the industrial action while negotiation proceeds in a serene and conducive atmosphere.”

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