Three aviation unions – 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 directed joint indefinite strike at Arik Air from today, until the management allows total unionisation of its workers.
The conditions given to Arik Air by the unions will ground its operations as they have directed third party service providers, including ground handling companies, ticket holders and other aviation workers rendering support services to the airline to withdraw services to ensure full compliance.
The unions directed air traffic controllers, aircraft safety inspectors and other third party suppliers to comply with the directive of withdrawing services as part of steps to ensure full compliance with the industrial action.
Besides, unionisation of its employees, the unions directed Arik management to recall all sacked employees, who were victimised for bringing unionisationto the airline.
The unions urged the management to begin payment of seven months’ salary arrears with commitment to pay as and when due henceforth .
The management was yet to respond to the strike threat.