There were indications yesterday that Skyway Aviation Handling Company, SAHCOL, have concluded plans to disengage over 200 workers over what it termed“ right sizing and redundancy.”
Th at was also as the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc has finally agreed to promote 400 staffers who had not been promoted for over eight years by the management after its over five hours meeting with the industry unions in its office at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos on Tuesday. Aside NAHCOL, other firms are said to be planning to disengage workers owing to the harsh economic reality.
A source in SAHCOL said the management had drawn up the list of those to be sacked with three months gross pay as compensation irrespective of the number of years they have put into the company.
According to the source, the management gave the poor economy as an excuse to lay off some of the workers in its establishment.
The Acting General Secretary, National Union of Air Transport Workers, NUATE, Olainka Abioye, confirmed the development in an interview with our correspondent, but said that the unions as the representatives of the workers would not assent to such maltreatment of workers in the ground handling company.
Abioye said that the management of SAHCOL had already notified the two unions; NUATE and the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) of its intent to sack some workers, stressing that following Section 20 of the Trade Union Act, the unions had commenced dialogue with the company.
He, however, said that the proposal from the management was insignificant when compared to the demand of the unions and described the stands of the management as callous. He said, “For us as representatives of the workers, we have emphatically told management where we are going while we appreciate the fact that things may not be as rosy as they have claimed. We gave them several options, but they are not buying into the options.”