The Aviation Workers Unions have again threatened to shut down the operations of Arik Air on Monday (14/09/2020) over the airline’s failure to resolve issues regarding its conditions of service as well as the unjust treatment of its workers during the pandemic.

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The two unions, the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria vowed to withdraw their services on September 14, according to a statement.

The statement dated September 10th, 2020 and titled, ‘Notice of withdrawal of service’ was signed by NUATE General Secretary, Ocheme Aba and ATSSSAN Deputy General Secretary, Frances Akinjole.

A letter titled,” Notice of Withdrawal of Service addressed to all Arik staff read, ”Unfortunately and regrettably, the Management of Arik Air took advantage of our peaceable disposition to continually frustrate our efforts to resolve the Conditions of Service negotiations as well as our demand for just and fair treatment for the workers during the COVID-19 period.

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“In response, wherefore, our Unions have no choice than to reinstate the notice of withdrawal of services.

“Accordingly, all Arik Air workers (other than Pilots and Engineers) are hereby directed to withdraw all services with effect from 00hrs on 14th September 2020 until the time issues stated above are satisfactorily resolved.

The workers had shelved a strike action scheduled for August 17 to allow for further dialogue at the instance of the Minister of Labour and employment.