The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) has commended the Senate for its intervention in the rift between the unions in the aviation industry and Aero Contractors as well as the directive to the latter to recall its suspended members.
Nigerian Flight Deck has also learnt that Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) auditors have arrived aero contractors to do a full proof audit of financial activities at the airline with plans for an international accounting firm to resume soon.
A source who spoke to our reporter said that a new AMCON Board has been constituted and are leaning on their members who are currently in Aero and are being accused of complicity by the unions to do the right thing and stop the rot that has eaten the fabric of the company.
In a letter addressed to the Senate Committee on Aviation (Anti- Corruption) on behalf of NUATE and the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the unions described the Senate as the hope of the poor and common man thanking them for their action.
Recall in the past few months, management of Aero Contractors and the unions have been embroiled in confrontations over the survival of Nigeria’s oldest airline, this confrontation had led to the suspension of two unionists within the organisation.
Chairmen of the Aero Branch of ATSSSAN and NUATE, Messrs Emakpor Ayo-Ife and Adeniyi Adenuga respectively were suspended although the airline had stated that it queried the two unions’ chairmen for divulging sensitive company information to the media and portraying the company in bad light.
The unions had threatened an equal reaction by disrupting the airline’s activities if the unionist were not recalled stating that their suspension was illegal and against provisions of labour laws.
The management of Aero to this end reported both unions 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.
With the intervention of the Senate, months of agitation over alleged mismanagement and fraud in Aero Contractors allegedly perpetuated by the airline board and management as well as senior representatives of the Asset Management Company (AMCON) have calmed down but it would seem not completely averted as the airline has refused to recall the suspended unionists.
The union however revealed that consequent to matters arising from the meeting, they have received a notice from the National Industrial Court taking the union on the same matter that the Senate Committee on Aviation and Anti-Corruption has directed on.
Nigeria flight Deck unravelled that the aero went to the NIC to seek an injunction to stop the unions from picketing the airline as it is learnt that the airline management is disregarding the directive of the Senate and their invite, according to sources, to provoke the unions to further action.