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Arik apologizes for operations disruption by NUATE says its working to resolve impasse

THE management of Arik Air (In Receivership) apologizes to all of the airline’s passengers whose travel plans have been disrupted by the picketing carried out by a section of the aviation workers’ union, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

According to Manager, PR & Communications of Arik Air, Adebanji Ola the said picketing disrupted operations in Lagos thereby preventing the airline’s personnel from processing passengers at both the Murtala Muhammed Airport Domestic Terminal 1 and 2 (MMA2).Arik staff upbeat over CoS, others as unions meet airline management, NCAA

“We are working relentlessly on resolving the impasse and assure our esteemed customers that normal flight operations will resume soonest.

“Passengers that were affected by the disruptions can revalidate their tickets for future flights at no extra cost. Passengers groan, Arik Air apologizes; as unions ground airline’s flights nationwide

On December 2, 2020 NUATE issued  a notice to its workers in Arik Air calling for an indefinite action until its twin demands of fully recalling all staff an signing the conditions of service.

The letter signed by General Secretary Ocheme Aba read,” As per outcome of the Congress meeting of 2nd December, 2020 and based on the fact that management has completely failed to respond in any way to the twin demands conveyed from the previous meeting, and the ultimatum having elapsed from 1st December 2020; it is hereby directed by the National Secretariat that all services be withdrawn from Arik Air with effect from 3rd December, 2020.” Union unrest: Arik Air writes Ministry of Labour explains position, seeks intervention

The outcome of the letter resulted in Thursday’s picketing and shutdown of Arik Air causing untold hardship to the airline passengers.

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