BREAKING: Chaos At Nigerian Airports As NAHCO Workers Embark On Indefinite Strike - INDEPENDENT
LAGOS – There was massive chaos at most of the international airports in Nigeria on Monday morning as the workers of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc embarked on strike.
The workers it was learnt embarked on the strike over the failure of the management to attend to their Condition of Service (CoS), which has been on the table for over four years.
This action led to hundreds of passengers of airlines handled by NAHCO to be stranded across the airports, especially at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos where one of the airlines had to make an air return to base.
Our correspondent gathered that Qatar Airways, which was already airborne had to return to Doha because of the signal it received that it would not be handled by the ground handling company.
Apart from this, Virgin Atlantic Airways, another client of NAHCO found it difficult to process its outward passengers at the Lagos Airport this morning.
The workers it was learnt embarked on the strike action 12a.m on Monday when their request for upward review of CoS was unattended to for years.
The workers were backed by their unions; Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE).
However, it was learnt that the unions had issued the management strike notice with deadline to comply with their demands, but failed.
Rather for the management to comply, the management approached the court in an attempt to stop the workers from embarking on the strike.
Other foreign airlines that may also be affected by this action include Kenya Airways, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, Delta Air Lines, Air France, AKSY, Egypt Air and Rwandair.