Air Peace Workers Resist Unionisation as Labour Pickets Airline

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Chinedu Eze

The efforts of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) to disrupt the operations of rising Nigeria’s airline, Air Peace, Thursday failed when it became obvious that the workers of the company were not willing to join any labour union.

The General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye, however said that the intention of the union was not to stop the operations of the airline contrary to the earlier threat made by the union, adding that it would picket Air Peace, Medview Airline and Overland Airways.

NUATE also alleged that these airlines are involved in the casualisation of workers, which Air Peace denied.

Members of the union had early Thursday stationed their vehicles close to the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Lagos airport and a distance away from the terminal gate, where Air Peace operates from, singing and honking.

In an earlier statement, the spokesman of Air Peace, Chris Iwarah, said the workers of the airline had resolved that they would not join labour unions and that the unions should recognise that the workers have the legal right to decide whether to join the unions or not.

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  • henry price

    comrades are Air Peace’s workers decision of their free will free of fear of their employer taking actions to punish any worker who choose to promote joining union. If yes Air Peace’s workers choice is a testament to when employer treat workers with what workers believe is a free plus equitable manner. It is likely these employees are some of most productive workers in airline industry plus as long as such acceptance of conditions exist will continue to be. I hope it is attitude plus disposition all airlines plus airline workers adopt. Unions are for industries where equitable cooperation is not found. Very much sincere, Henry Price Jr. aka Obediah Buntu IL-Khan aka Kankan aka Gue.