Staff of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) have been directed to down tools Monday next week following a stalemated management union meeting of Wednesday 20th May over the welfare of staff on unpaid leave.
The unions are asking for 50% monthly salary for workers placed on unpaid leave which the NAHCO Management is yet to accede to after several meetings.
The unions Transport senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), in a letter jointly signed by the General Secretary NUATE, Comrade Ocheme Aba and Deputy General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Comrade Frances Akinjole directed that staff currently on essential duties withdraw all services on the 1st and 2nd June, 2020 following breakdown in negotiations on their welfare.
The unions in the letter say management of NAHCO has unwittingly reduced to a mere technical excursion their magnanimity of toning down unions’ demand from 80% to 50% and further to our notice of the 21st May, 2020.
The unions urged all staff currently on essential duty to comply with the directive for their own self-interest.
“All NAHCO staff currently on essential duty are hereby directed to withdraw services on the 1st and 2nd 2020 as a warning to the management of NAHCO.”
“The situation will be reviewed after the second day to determine the continuation or otherwise. For avoidance of doubt, we reiterate our stand that we shall accept 50% monthly salary for our members placed on unpaid leave as against senior management personnel who are paying themselves 80% of their own salary.”
In a memo to staff by the NAHCO Human Resource says they offered to pay 50% to those on compulsory leave due to the closure, however, since housing allowance, which is about 25% of our salary had been paid to all staff, “we simply paid the remaining 25% but the unions are asking for 50%.”