- Says negotiations for Arik staff are almost done
UNIONS in Arik Air today issued a stern warning to the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals ( ANAP) and the National Union of Pensioners ( NUP) over comments aimed at halting the Air Operator Certificate ( AOC) issuance to NG Eagle an independent entity being floated by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria ( AMCON).
This is just as the unions, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers ( NAAPE) and National Union of Air Transport Employées ( NUATE) described the other two unions as busy bodies and interlopers orchestrating the sole aim of disrupting negotiations ongoing over severance benefits of staff of Arik before the new entity comes onboard.
The unions in a rally and press conference held today inside the Arik Headquarters in Lagos said they were taken aback by the call of the two unions which are not domesticated in Arik and wondered why they have turned debt collectors.
According to the General Secretary of NUATE, Ocheme Aba right now the workers in Arik do not need distractions especially as it close to negotiating the severance of Arik workers.
He said,,” By the tile NG Eagle will be taking off, there will not be any staff of Arik Air who has not been properly severed, that is our mandate.
” Our purpose, we stated clearly we did not say they should not been given AOCs but we said we will not let them fly until the status of Arik Staff with regards NG Eagle has been properly established.
“if their years of service to Arik has been compensated they can go to NG Eagle and pick up new employment.
He further explained that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) will not reduce it’s level and professionalism to be dictated to on whom they can give AOCs to stressing that the AOC process followed certain laid down procedures.
He also clarified that since AMCON took over, that it is not indebted to anyone but the debt question is a legacy debt.
Also speaking during the rally, Chairman NUATE Arik branch, Olalekan Ogunlesi who also called on the NCAA to disregard ANAP and NUP said both unions had no stake, legal or moral right to meddle into the affairs of Arik as they have no members in the airline and begging the question on whose interest are they acting.