The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Monday shut down the headquarters of an aviation company, Landover, in Ikeja, Lagos over poor condition of service, non-remittance of workers’ pension and other welfare issues.
Union members reportedly got to the company as early as 4.30am and locked out its Managing Director, Capt. Edward Boyo, who was said to have aggravated the situation with his utterances.
The company’s helicopter workers based in Warri, Delta State, stormed its Lagos office to protest the non-remittance of taxes, anti-labour practices and unjust sacking of their colleagues by the management.
The workers, led by ATSSAN, alleged that their taxes deducted for almost 15 years were not remitted to the appropriate authorities, while the collective bargaining agreement was being constantly violated by the management.
The workers also accused the management of indiscriminate sacking of workers without implementing agreed severance packages, while anyone that reached the ages of 45 to 50 were dismissed from service against the labour law of the country.
At the entrance to the company, union members were seen carrying placards, some of which read, “We are workers and not salves,” “15 years no gratuity, no pay off,” “No to anti-labour practices,” “No proof of tax payment,” “Remit our pension” and “Enough of wrongful dismissals.”
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, was also said to have stopped by at the company due to the presence of armed policemen.
Eye witnesses said the CP tried to settle the issue before leaving the scene.
The National President, ATSSSAN, Ilitrus Ahmadu, said the union held the protest because of the irreconcilable differences between it and the management of Landover.
He added that negotiations on the issues raised would have been concluded in March 2016 but that the company’s management walked out of the meeting.
Ahmadu said the crisis between the union and management of Landover had to do with the welfare of helicopter landing officers.
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