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Fears as aggrieved workers threaten to shut down Arik Air today, Thursday

For not heeding to its understanding of reinstating sacked workers after given period, the labour unions in the aviation sector have threatened to shut down the operations of Arik Air today, Thursday.

The consortium of unions includes the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers.

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) had on February 9 taken over the airline due to the airline’s huge indebtedness to the company and other creditors, both local and foreign.

Within the period AMCON appointed Capt. Roy Ilegbodu, as manager of the airline, under the receivership of Mr Oluseye Opasanya, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

But Wednesday, Mr Olayinka Abioye, General Secretary, NUATE, who spoke on behalf of the unions on in Lagos, accused the new management of intolerance to unionism.

Abioye said “Among the issues are the review of conditions of service, remittance of necessary union deductions to their respective unions and the non-reinstatement of sacked union leaders in the airline,’’ he said.