Management of Aero Contractors has finally come out with a reaction to the ongoing hurly burly bedevilling Nigeria’s oldest airline, as it has said that it queried the two unions’ chairmen for divulging sensitive company information to the media and portraying the company in bad light.
The company has also come out to say that it has reported the two unions, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air transport Employees (NUATE) to the Labour and Productivity Ministry, copying the Aviation ministry, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and State Security Service
In a statement signed by the Ag. Managing Director/CEO, Iyene Amapakabo, the report to these institutions is to look into the matter with the ultimate goal of checking the unwholesome practice of the unions because of its serious safety implications on our operations as an airline.
In a narrative, the airline said that on the 11th of Dec
ember 2015, the Chairmen of the Aero Branch of Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air transport Employees (NUATE) in persons of Messrs Emakpor Ayo-Ife and Adeniyi Adenuga requested for management approval through the Human Resources Department to hold a congress meeting on 14th December 2015.
According to the statement the airline acceded the request only to be surprised that the Associations stormed its premises with their own Press Crew and Security details in such a predetermined manner and protested within and around the Company premises thereby causing serious embarrassment to our esteemed customers.
“In the cause of this protest on 14th December 2015, two of our staff who are also members of the Association (Messrs Emakpor Ayo-Ife and Adeniyi Adenuga) divulged sensitive Company information to the press which is contrary to the Company Policy and had the tendency to portray the company in bad light.”
“In line with this, the HR department was directed by management to initiate disciplinary procedure against two of the company’s employees who are incidentally members of these associations for infringements of company policy. To this end, both employees were issued with queries by the Ag. Head of the company’s Human Resources Department and the responses received from these employees’ pointed to the fact that there was a need for the company to carry out investigation into the matter. “
“In line with the policy of our company and international labour laws, when the need arises for an investigation to be conducted concerning infringements of this nature, the company places the relevant staff on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation in order to forestall the employee from interfering with the investigation process. “
The statement further expatiated that,” To our dismay and embarrassment, immediately the disciplinary procedure was being initiated by the Human Resources department of the company, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) wrote us letters threatening to disrupt the activities of the company if the disciplinary procedure is not reversed.”
“We find the attitude of these Associations unacceptable and their disposition towards our company in relation to their biased stand regarding the present issue has led the management of our company to conclude that, in future, these Associations will attempt to frustrate our company’s efforts towards maintaining staff discipline if left unchecked and it is in this vein that we officially reported these Associations to the Labour and Productivity Ministry, copying the Aviation ministry, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and State Security Service with a plea to look into this matter with the ultimate goal of checking the unwholesome practice of these Associations because of its serious safety implications on our operations as an airline.”
The statement concluded stating that the management of Aero is open to discussions and ideas towards resolving labour disagreements but stated that what is unacceptable is the inability of the Union to follow due process in resolving labour issues.