Bristow Helicopters has reacted to the picketing by National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), which has caused disruptions to our clients’ flight operations in Nigeria.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of NAAPE yesterday directed all pilots and engineers in Bristow Group Nigeria to withdraw all services with effect from 2400hrs of Wednesday, March 30 to 2400hrs on Friday April 1, 2016 as a warning to Bristow Management.
The union in a letter signed by its General Secretary, Ochembe Abah said it has been in dispute with the management of Bristow Group over pay disparity whereby Nigerian pilots and engineers are discriminated against in favour of foreign nationals, as well as an absence of a valid conditions of Service.
According to NAAPE, all efforts to get the management of Bristow to ameliorate these acts of injustice and violation of the Constitution of Nigeria, as well as contravention of Bristow Code of Business Integrity (COBI) has failed.
However, the airline is saddened that this action is coming at a time when the oil and gas industry globally is facing challenges expressing its disappointment at the inability of the union to continue in dialogue with the airline.
A statement released by the airline read, ”Bristow’s premises have been picketed by National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), which has caused disruptions to our clients’ flight operations in Nigeria. The action is related to concerns raised by NAAPE regarding certain aspects of the conditions of service of its members currently employed by Bristow Helicopters Nigeria.”
“Bristow has been in dialogue with NAAPE over the past few months regarding this matter and a proposal was recently put to NAAPE for their consideration.
“The Federal Ministry of Labour has intervened in the matter and had advised the union to stop its action and maintain the status quo until a meeting scheduled for April. “
“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 their activities. Bristow continues to keep its obligations to clients and employees.”
“Bristow is disappointed that despite our concerted efforts to keep our Nigeria operations running as smoothly and efficiently as possible, this action will temporarily impact flight schedules. We will continue to encourage dialogue and partnership with all stakeholders during this period.”
“We restate our commitment to providing safe and efficient air services to our clients and to the development of the Nigerian aviation industry. “