NLC ends strike, give Turkish Airlines ultimatum - PUNCH
MARCH 31, 2021
BY Joseph Olaoluwa
The Nigerian Labour Congress has called off its strike to ground Turkish Airlines on Tuesday over the violation of workers’ rights.
The organised labour had vowed to picket the airline on March 30, 2021, adding that the mass action would commence in Lagos and Abuja airport toll gates in a letter to the general manager of the foreign carrier.
The PUNCH learnt the labour congress demobilised the protest after they received orders from the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, not to go on with the strike action.
This was after several labour leaders from other allied unions converged on the Lagos airport to seek reversal of the sack of trade union leaders working in Turkish Airlines.
Chairperson, NLC Lagos State Council, Sessi Funmi, told our correspondent in an interview that workers demobilised after the airline sought to dialogue with the labour union.
She said, “Comrade Ayuba Wabba was to lead the picketing in Abuja while I was to lead the picketing in Lagos. But late yesterday night, the company called that they want us to sit down and dialogue with them.
“They initially brought one letter and I told them it was not acceptable. Based on that agreement, we are holding them in trust that everything will be resolved before May 1, 2021. If not, we will come back for them.”
Funmi made a case for the aviation workers, stressing that their rights should not be trampled upon.
She said all workers must be given respect, dignity and an enabling environment to work.
The NLC labour chairperson also warned that the airline must recall its sacked members before May 1 and pay all outstanding entitlements fully or face a serious mass action.
She said, “The NLC is fully into the action and we just want to respect the rule of dialogue. This is the last opportunity and we want them to take it seriously.
“We expect that on or before the recall date, their entitlements are paid to them in full. We also look forward to a cordial relationship between employers and employees.”
Funmi said workers had a right to form associations.