The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the manage- ment of Turkish Air, Air Peace and Bristow Helicopters to re- instate all their sacked work- ers within two weeks.
This was contained in a statement signed by the NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend, yesterday.
It said the organised labour will not hesitate to mobilize the weight of the entire Ni- gerian workforce to the prem- ises of Turkish Air, Air Peace and Bristow Helicopters if their demands are not met, even as it condemned the re- cent sack of 100 Air Peace and 69 Bristow Helicopters pilots.
The statement said the congress also rejected the sack of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) executives work- ing with the Turkish Air.
“As agreed between labour and employers’ association, social dialogue should be used to resolve industrial concerns instead of the current resort to unilateralism,” it said.
The statement further said the sack was traumatic for workers who were still reel- ing from psychological and socio-economic difficulties imposed by the recent CO- VID-19 lockdown measures, describing the sack of Air Turkish, Air Peace and Bris- tow Helicopters workers was “highly insensitive, callous, and unjust.”
al sack of executive mem- bers of NUATE working with Turkish Airline was particu- larly distressing.
It further said that Sec- tion 40 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution guarantees free- dom of association including the right to join and partici- pate in the activities of trade unions.