The Management of Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited SAHCOL has cautioned it’s workers against being used by external forces in the aviation sector to thwart the giant stride by the company.
reacting to a statement from the National Union of Air Transport Employees NUATE and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association ATSSSAN, the general manager public affairs of SAHCOL, Basil Agboarumi, said “We are aware that some external forces who are unhappy with SAHCOL’s current achievements are working towards discrediting our successes through blackmail and incitement of the stakeholders against the company”
“SAHCOL places so much value on the welfare of its staff and as a result since the privatization of SAHCOL in 2009, the Management of SAHCOL has ensured that salaries are paid as at when due, while every staff is aware of the move by the Board to carry out a review of staff incentives after the completion of the new warehouse project”
Agboarumi said the issues raised by both unions concerning four workers of SAHCOL amounted to gross insubordination and wilful disobedience to constituted authority.
He said the gross misconduct by the said staff could lead to loss of revenue to the company.
“It is conclusively clear that the four officers in question have turned themselves into a parallel government within the company”
“These individuals were invited for a meeting with the Management through a memo dated 13th April, 2015 and they failed, neglected and refused to attend the meeting”
Meanwhile, the two Unions NUATE and ATSSSAN had earlier written to the Managing Director of the company, Alhaji Owolabi, demanding the resignation of the GM, HR, David Olorundade for gross acts of impropriety, victimization, harassment and violation of the rights of their members to decent wages, lack of review of their conditions of work, casualization and contract engagements, lack of promotion, stagnation and against unwholesome anti-union hostilities.
The unions explained that since June 2014, the management of SAHCOL had promised severally to meet with them for the review of the outdated Conditions of Service but till date, those promises according to them were mere empty promises.
They cited a instance “Just last week, in the course of the workers general assembly (called Congress) called to deliberate on welfare issues, one of which was the outstanding severance benefits owed the workers but being held by the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), the Managing Director was reported to have personally gone to the meeting to disperse the workers, claiming that they had overstayed the time given to them to hold such a meeting, which was followed with a query issued to the four officers mentioned earlier by the General Manager, Human Resources”