Nige­ria’s Arik re­sumes flights af­ter deal signed with unions

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Nige­ria’s Arik air­line has re­sumed flights fol­low­ing a deal to end a one-day strike that par­a­lyzed its op­er­a­tion, the com­pany said yes­ter­day. Avi­a­tion unions called the strike on Tues­day to protest non-pay­ment of seven months of salaries to Arik work­ers, non-re­mit­tance of taxes and the sack­ing of five union lead­ers. Thou­sands of lo­cal and for­eign pas­sen­gers were stranded due to the stop­page. Arik said in a state­ment on Wednesday that the dis­pute had been re­solved “fol­low­ing the meet­ing called by the Nige­ria Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA) to ad­dress the air­line and the avi­a­tion unions.” The air­line said it had pro­vided big­ger planes to cope with the back­log of pas­sen­gers whose flights were af­fected by the strike. Union leader Tokuboh Korodo told AFP the strike had been sus­pended. “We met the man­age­ment of Arik last night and they agreed to pay the ar­rears of salaries by De­cem­ber 31,” Korodo said. He said the air­line also agreed to re­call the five union lead­ers that were sacked. “If Arik re­fuses to honor the deal by De­cem­ber 31, we will re­sume the strike,” he warned. Arik, Nige­ria’s lead­ing car­rier, is re­spon­si­ble for 60 per­cent of flights with an in­ter­na­tional net­work that in­cludes Johannesburg and New York. —

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