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Aviation workers’ clampdown on in-flight catering services lingers

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Aviation workers under the aegis of National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), has vowed that until management of one of the in-flights catering services, Newrest Airline Services & Logistics Plc (ASL), addressed issues affecting its staff, clampdown on ASL catering operations would be indefinite.

The Guardian gathered that the picketing of ASL by the union, which began on the 31st of July, could not be resolved due to the firm’s inability to comply with court order among other anti-labour practices.

NUATE, in conjunction with other labour affiliates had earlier took the protest to ASL’s lounge at the departure hall of the international airport in Lagos, which caused some partial delays on some flight operations, however, normalcy was restored immediately the labour unions left.

General Secretary of NUATE, Ocheme Aba, said the union was forced to picket the company when all entreaties failed to resolve issues affecting the workers.

Aba alleged many forms of enslavement which include, inhuman treatment, unlawful condition of work, non-issuance of employment letters, no terms of engagement or conditions of service. He also cited “arbitrary terminations of appointments, victimisation on the basis of joining and holding office in a trade union, and refusal to recognise a registered trade union and other forms of enslavement.”
Aba said that the actions contravened various Nigerian laws even as they also disobeyed court orders.

Speaking also, the chairperson of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos State chapter, Funmi Sessi, said that labour would not tolerate modern day slavery the workers are subjected to.She urged companies involved in modern day slavery to desist or risk labour’s wrath.


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