TUC issues three-day ultimatum to Aero Contractors over sack of workers

TUC condemned the airline’s use of the Police to arrest workers.

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has issued a three-day ultimatum to Aero Contractors to dialogue with its workers and resolve outstanding issues or face industrial action.

The warning is contained in a statement jointly signed by the TUC President, Peter Esele, and the General Secretary, Musa Lawal, on Friday in Lagos. The statement said that Aero should ensure that contentious issues with the workers were settled with the unions within three days to avoid strike.

“Be it known to the Aero Contractor management that should it fail or neglect to meet all the demands within three days from today, the Congress shall promptly employ all lawful means and strategies including strike action to enforce compliance,” it said.

The TUC demanded that the arbitrary employment and promotion of new staff over and above older and more deserving and competent staff should be reversed. The statement condemned the company’s discriminatory reduction of salaries and allowances of workers who opposed anti-labour postures. It also condemned the instigation and use of the police to harass and the unlawful arrests and detention of members of staff on false charges. It stressed the need for fair and transparent disciplinary procedure.

The statement also condemned the dismissal of about 642 staff without conforming to the rule of disengagement. It advised the management to ensure that it paid the appropriate gratuities to any staff it wishes to disengage. It further urged the management to ensure the immediate and unconditional release of all staff detained by the police and return of their seized property.

(NAN)

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