Aviation unions besiege Aero Contractors office over indefinite leave to 1,400 workers


Aviation unions on Thursday besieged the head office of Aero Contractors Airline at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
The action is coming against the background of the suspension of flight operations which the airline announced would commence on Thursday.
Mr Benjamin Okewu, the President, Air Traffic Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN), told newsmen on Thursday that the unions embarked on the measure following the indefinite leave given to the over 1,400 workers.
The other union whose members also stormed the headquarters of Aero Contractors is the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).
The management of Aero Contractors had in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos, announced that the airline would commence indefinite suspension of scheduled flight operations from Sept. 1.

According to the statement, the suspension is part of the strategic business realignment to reposition the airline and return it to the path of profitability.

The management stated that the decision was due to the current economic situation in Nigeria, which had forced some other airlines to suspend operations or outrightly pull out of Nigeria.
An official who spoke with the unionists on Thursday said there was nothing the management could do than to send the workers home “due to the harsh economic condition in the country”.


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