Agony for international passengers in Lagos, Nigeria as aviation staff down tools


NAIROBI, Kenya - The National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association down their tools on Monday at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, leaving international passengers stranded. They were complaining about unpaid salaries and dues.

The Group Executive Director of NAHCO, Dr. Olusola Obabori, said the company regretted the inconveniences the industrial action had caused.

“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.”

Delta Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Qatar Airways, and Air France-KLM were some of the airlines the company handles their logistics.

It handles check-in, boarding, and ramp services for many international and domestic carriers.

The National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria had last week given a five–day notice of strike to NAHCO management, citing slow progress in negotiation for salary review.

The company, which recently promoted about 2,000 members of its workforce, asked that accelerated negotiation be continued in February to enable the company to stabilize from the financial effect of the recent promotions.

NAHCo workers, however, prevailed on the protesting staff to shelve their action. The strike was suspended after a meeting among NUATE, ATSSSAN, and the company’s management.

NAHCo’s management as part of peace measures had to withdraw the suit it filed against the actions of the workers and vacate the earlier obtained court order.

According to a statement issued by NAHCO, negotiations on staff welfare are to commence on Wednesday, January 25th January 2023; all negotiations were to be concluded during the week with a resolution that all staff should resume work immediately.

Airlines such as Qatar Airways and RwandAir which had taken off diverted to Accra and other neighbouring countries while the strike action continued.

Qatar Airlines had to go back to Doha with the same passengers after it appeared that the situation would take a long time to be resolved.


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