MANAGEMENT of Bristow Group has reacted to the industrial action embarked on this morning by the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) Lagos, Port Harcourt and Eket stating that the union has contravened ongoing mediation led by the Federal Ministry of Labour between both parties.According to the statement made available to Nigerianflightdeck.com Bristow confirmed the ongoing action stating that said action relates to a dispute between Bristow and NAAPE about the release of national pilots and engineers previously employed by Bristow.
The Airline management expressed sadness at the action stating: “This matter is currently the subject of a mediation led by the Federal Ministry of Labour between NAAPE and Bristow. In disregard of the ongoing mediation process, NAAPE has decided to commence this action.”
“This action is coming at a time when the global oil and gas industry is facing severe challenges and the Nigerian economy is undergoing serious disruptions with a number of clients reducing aviation logistics support services in the country.”
“As a result of our clients’ reduced operations and demand for aviation services, Bristow has reduced the number of its workforce. It has reduced the number of its expatriate pilots and engineers in Nigeria. We have also reached an amicable agreement with the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) representing our Junior and Senior staff.”
“ Over the downturn in the industry (12-18months), Bristow has released 118 expatriates (pilots and engineers) and 21 Nigerian nationals (pilots and engineers). “
“Bristow has held several meetings with NAAPE and the Ministry of Labour to reach an agreement on the subject matter of the mediation, and proposals have been put to NAAPE for their consideration. Our focus remains on providing a safe and efficient service in Nigeria and we are committed to continuing open discussions with all stakeholders to reach an agreement through productive dialogue and feedback.”
Meanwhile, the union had beforehand accused Bristow management same disregard of negotiation to embark on sacking its members.