Aviation unions on Monday finally made good their threat to shut down operations at Arik Air.
The unions carried out their threat to picket the airline over alleged non-payment of staff salaries since April.
Earlier on Friday, the labour unions had threatened to shut down the operations of the airline. The unions included the National Union of Air Transport Employees and Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria.
The union said its decision was necessitated by the airline’s management’s failure to resolve issues regarding its conditions of service as well as the unjust treatment of its workers during the pandemic.
They claimed that the non-payment started after the company placed 90 per cent of the workforce on compulsory leave, amid other “anti-labour practices”.
On Monday, Arik Air operations in Lagos were shut down, while passengers lamented the disruption.
The unions said the strike would continue indefinitely until their demands are met by the management of Arik Air.
Their demands included payment of outstanding salaries arrears, signing of Conditions of Service, remittance of Pension, Tax, and statutory deductions to the appropriate authorities, and to resolve other anti-labour issues.
Other demands include payment of salary arrears of seven months, with a commitment to paying salaries as and when due.
In its reaction at the weekend, the management of Arik Air asked for the intervention of the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, over the planned industrial action by unions scheduled to commence on Sept 14.
The Chief Executive Officer of Arik, Roy Ilegbodu, made the appeal in a letter to the minister entitled, “Re-Unions in Arik Air threaten to down tools”.