Recent sack of pilots, staff by Bristow helicopters, Air Peace, attracts NLC reaction

As part of the criticism trailing the recent sack of 100 Pilots by Air Peace and 69 Pilots by Bristow Helicopters, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has formally rected by strongly condemning and rejecting the action.

Recall that the management of Air Peace had announced the sack of some pilots that and supporting staff across its fleet while also slashing staff salaries by up to 40 percent due to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

Just within 24 hours after the Air Peace announcement, the management of Bristow Helicopters followed the same way by same by announcing the sack of over 100 pilots and engineers in its company.

In the reaction of NLC through its President, Ayubba Wabba, in a statement, described the sack of the workers by the airlines as insensitive, callous, and unjust adding that the airlines have just two weeks to recall the sacked workers or face industrial unrest.

The labor group went further to condemn the sack of the executives of National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) working with Turkish Air.

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According to Wabba, “We call on the management of Turkish Air, Air Peace and Bristow Helicopters to recall all the workers that are being sacked from its company within two weeks.

“As agreed between labour and Employers’ Association, social dialogue should be used to resolve industrial concerns instead of the current resort to unilateralism.

“It is very traumatic for workers who are still recovering from psychological and socio-economic difficulties imposed by the recent coronavirus pandemic and are just savoring the joy of being able to work again to be slammed with sack letters.

“Also we would like to make it known that we will not hesitate to mobilize the weight of the entire Nigerian workforce to the premises of Turkish Air, Air Peace and Bristow Helicopters if our demands are not met,” the statement said.

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