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Passengers Stranded As Arik Airline Staff Begins Strike Action This Morning

Lots of travelers were left stranded as Arik Airline staff began their indefinite strike from this morning, monday 14th September 2020.

Th management of Arik Air had over the weekend written a letter to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, asking him  to intervene in the threat by two  aviation unions to commence strike action and ground the operations of the airline  with effect from today (Monday).

The two unions, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, and Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, had in a letter to all Arik Air workers on Friday, asked them to begin strike on Monday, September 14, 2020, over some issues bothering on Condition of Service.

The letter  titled : Re-unions in Arik Air threaten to down tools September 14″, is calling the attention of the  Minister to “a new threat by the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) to call Arik Air workers out on a strike on Monday, September 14, 2020”.

In the letter signed by Captain Roy Ilegbodu, Chief Executive Officer of the airline and copied the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the airline said it “strongly believes that the threat of strike action without an exhaustive use of the various channels of engagement, discussion, consensus and understanding is faulty and unlikely to yield the best outcomes for staff, the company and its faithful passengers”.

It is in fact an abuse of the position of union leadership as the issues in dispute cannot pass the test of fairness and only affect, in the short term, less than 20 staff out of a work force of over 1,600. Prior to Arik Air Ltd going into Receivership, the employment letters basically detailed the approved emoluments of staff. Since the commencement of the receivership, this has been expanded by the introduction of policies to create best practice work environments to deliver top notch services”.

“In addition, management has been in discussion with various staff groups and unions to have these policies codified into Staff Conditions of Service and have a share of mind on most issues.

The only outstanding area of difference is the request by the unions for a terminal benefit scheme over and above the requirements of the Pension Act. They request for an independent retirement benefit scheme that will be wholly funded by the airline where retiring, resigning and terminated staff will receive a lump sum payment upon exit that will in some cases double the joint contribution of management and staff under the Pension Act of 2004 as amended”.

Photos from the happenings at Arik section of the airport

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