It would seem the two day unrest at catering company, Airline Services Logistics (ASL) may have ended following the intervention of the company’s chairman, Mr. Richard Akerele who paid a surprise visit to the company during the weekend’s unrest.
As at 3pm yesterday workers of ASL were still embarking on their industrial action and pressing for their demands but NFD learnt that Mr. Akerele came to the company and waded in the situation assuring the unions that everything would be okay.
According to inside sources, the chairman agreed to the recall of the sacked unionist and quality assurance manager, Sule Muniru and Mr Habiliment Ehimien respectively stating that the company will follow due process as well as engage the staff in constructive negotiations.
He pleaded for the workers to return to work and disperse so that the company can again get down to opertaions.
As at 4pm yesterday, the strike was called off and workers returned to their posts while others went home ending the 48hour industry action that grounded the company.
During the two day action, Airlines like Emirates, British Airways, Delta Air Lines South African Airways, Lufthansa and Iberia, Lufthansa went without catering from the catering giants because they were either not serviced or had to turn down the catering due to what they term as ‘unhealthy’ with regards the unrest.
A strike was called on Friday evening by staff of catering company, Airline Services Limited (ASL) following what they termed as the illegal sack of the Chairman of the Union in ASL, Sule Muniru and the Quality Assurance Manager, Mr Habiliment Ehimien, for trying to negotiate for better welfare of the workers.
When NFD arrived the scene on Friday the workers were seen singing solidarity songs but were locked within the premises under the watchful eyes of a detachment of men from the Nigerian Police from the Airport Police Command who were seen at the gate of the company quietly maintaining peace.