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NLC Gives Bristow Helicopters, Air Peace Ultimatum To Reinstate Sacked Staff

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has given Air Peace, Bristow Helicopters and Turkish Air two weeks ultimatum to reinstate their sacked staff.

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In a statement signed by Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, on Friday, he said failure to reinstate the sacked employees will force the congress “to mobilize the weight of the entire Nigerian workforce to the premises of Turkish Air, Air Peace and Bristow Helicopters.”

Air Peace, during the week, sacked 100 pilots while Bristow Helicopters sacked 69. Turkish Air also relieved union executives of the National Union of Air Transport Employees of their duties.

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“The unilateral sack of executive members of the National Union of Air Transport Employees working with Turkish Airline is particularly distressing. These workers were sacked for fighting for the rights of Nigerian workers in Turkish Air.

“This is very reprehensible. We wish to remind Turkish Air that unionized workers cannot be punished or sacked for participating in trade union activities. This action is aimed at frustrating unionization in Turkish Air and to enslave Nigerians working with Turkish Air,” the statement read in part.

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“We call on the management of Turkish Air, Air Peace and Bristow Helicopters to reinstate all the sacked workers within two weeks. As agreed between labour and Employes’ Association, social dialogue should be used to resolve industrial concerns instead of the current resort to unilateralism.”

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