About 40 workers of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCo) Plc, are to be laid off by the management of the company for failing to meet the optimum health conditions to remain in active service, Daily Sun learnt on Wednesday.
The exercise, which is tagged: ‘Staff Optimisation in NAHCo,’ it was learnt became necessary due to the low productivity of some workers a fallout of their poor health conditions.
A source close to the ground handling company revealed that some of the workers to be sacked had however sustained injuries in the course of their day-to-day work with the company.
It was gathered that the management of the company had in recent time embarked on job evaluation and proper placement of staff to address the poor productivity of some of its entire staff when it discovered that some of them had major health issues preventing them from discharging their duties as expected.
However, in order to prevent industrial crisis, which may emanate from the impending purge, it was gathered that the management of the company called the leaderships of the two leading unions in the industry to a meeting at its headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos last weekend.
The unions were the Air Transport Senior Staff Services of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).
At the meeting, it was learnt that the unions posited that it would only agree with the management on the exercise when the management complied with the principles suggested to them, which included obedience to Nigeria Labour Act on disengagement of workers and the further medical evaluation of workers in order to mitigate against unnecessary job loss by healthy persons.
It was not clear when the management would commence the purging exercise, but it was gathered that some of the workers, even those without health challenges are already exercising fear about the decision of the management.
But, it was learnt that the management would start the exercise once it agreed conditions and terms set for it by the unions, which must be in accordance with the labour laws of Nigeria.
The source said: “Soon, the management would embark on purging of staff in NAHCo due to ill-health, which has been discovered in some of the workers. The management observed that some of the workers were not productive and decided to embark on staff optimisation. It was in the course of this that some staff were discovered to have health challenges.
“The number of those to be layed off are not known yet, but I think over 40 of our staff would be affected, but in order to ensure just and equitable manner and the unions and the management are to evaluate the situation and proffer a win-win solution to both parties.”