NATIONAL Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) will embark on a three day strike at Bristow Helicopters over the renewal of pilots and engineers Condition of service (COS) and other sundry matters in that organization.
NAAPE in a letter dated July 14, 2020 with Ref NS/GS/NAAPE/vol.042/ 2020 to all members in Bristow titled Notice of Strike Action stated that although they have been in talks for a while over the issues, negotiation between both parties (NAAPE and management) has irretrievably broken down.
Engineers and Pilots of Bristow across all bases in Nigeria from midnight, 15th July 2020 will embark on the strike completely withdrawing their services for three days until issues under contention are resolved.
The letter informing its members of the action signed by the Deputy National Secretary, Umoh Ofonime highlighted some of the contentious issues stating:
“ As you are all aware, NAAPE has been actively engaged with the Bristow Management for some time now in the renewal exercise of the pilots and engineers COS and sundry labor matter and negotiation between both parties have broken down irretrievably.”
“ Chief among the issues under contention are refusal to engage with NAAPE over the COS emendations for pilots and engineers as well as insistence in continuing to pay national pilots and engineers their remunerations at NGN343/$1 when such rate is not obtainable on any forex exchange platform in the country.”
“Odious laying off of young cadet and trainee engineers after several years of tearful sacrificial toiling on the basis of a promised career in the company and now in extension the insatiable thirst for nulling our vitality, the company is prepping for a preposterous and unjustifiable redundancy of engineers and pilots hitherto grossly measly vis-à-vis the combined unambiguous undertone of expatriate quota law, national content law and Executive Order 05
“The norm of jettisoning negotiated agreements as in the case of systematic dissolution of engineering work shift in Eket operation. NAAPE has consistently engaged Bristow management for amelioration of these issues to no avail,” it continued.
NAAPE decried Bristow’s discriminatory policies and consistent victimization of Nigerian nationals at the hands o Bristow management stating that its members are no longer mentally conditioned to safely continue working under such excruciating work environment.