Aviation unions have shut down the operations of Arik Air on Monday over alleged non-payment of staff salaries since April.
The unions claimed that the non-payment started after the company placed 90 percent of the workforce on compulsory leave and other “anti-labour practices”.
The unions include the National Union of Air Transport Employees and Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria.
The PUNCH gathered that all Arik Air operations in Lagos were shut down, including airlines.
Mr Innocent Atasie, Chairman, ATSSSAN, Arik Air Branch told PUNCH that the workers resolved to shut down Arik operations nationwide when all efforts made to resolve the problem failed.
Atasie said the unions were miffed that there had been no payment of staff salaries since April after placing 90 per cent of the workforce on compulsory leave.
The unions said the strike would continue indefinitely until their demands are met by the management of Arik Air.
Their demands included payment of outstanding salaries arrears, signing of Conditions of Service, remittance of Pension, Tax, and statutory deductions to the appropriate authorities, and to resolve other anti-labour issues.
Others are payment of salary arrears of seven months, with a commitment to paying salaries as and when due, henceforth.
Source: THE PUNCH
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