THE National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has shelved its industrial action at Bristow Helicopters barely 24 hours after it issued a 2-week ultimatum to the airline’s management to reverse its sack of 100 of its members.
According to NAAPE, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika pleaded with the union to sheathe its sword pending the determination of a meeting at the instance of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Lagos.
The intervention of Sirika, was said to be at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.
Sirika intervened in the dispute, which paralysed activities at Bristow Helicopters, following disagreements bothering on conditions of service leading up to the mass sack, which it claimed was necessitated by the impact of the coronavirus disease on its businesses.
In the statement issued by the union also informed that it would be meeting with all parties with a view to resolving the trade dispute.
“In view of the intervention of the Hon. Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika yesterday NAAPE has put on hold the on going picketing of Bristow Helicopters pending the determination and outcome of the meeting at the instance of Federal Ministry of Labour Ikoyi Lagos.
The National Statesman recalls that NAAPE President, Mr Abednego Galadinma, at a news conference in Lagos, said pilots and aircraft maintenance engineers had resolved to withdraw their services to all airlines, if their colleagues were sacked.
Galadinma had also faulted Bristow Helicopters for sacking 100 pilots and engineers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the company was not saying the truth, since it operated throughout the lockdown period, servicing the oil and gas sector as an essential service provider.