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NLC Orders Shutdown of Turkish Airlines in Lagos Over Worker Dismissals; Warns of Nationwide Action

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has taken a decisive stance against Turkish Airlines, directing its members in Lagos State to shut down the airline’s operations on Tuesday following the dismissal of seven of its members. The NLC vows to picket the airline until the affected workers are reinstated, citing violations of labour laws and constitutional rights.

In a statement signed by Chris Uyot, the union’s General Secretary, the NLC condemned the dismissal of its members who were allegedly sacked for unionizing under the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE). This move comes after NUATE had threatened to picket airlines across Nigeria for denying staff the right to join trade unions of their choice.

The NLC asserts that Turkish Airlines’ actions are unjustifiable, resulting in the loss of 10-14 years of service for the affected workers who were exercising their constitutional rights. The union orders the Lagos State Council to commence picketing of Turkish Airlines until all sacked, dismissed, or victimized workers are fully restored to their jobs.

Moreover, the NLC warns of potential nationwide action, as leaders of both NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have put civil society allies on notice over planned industrial action. They demand the reversal of the electricity tariff hike by the end of May and urge the government to conclude the new minimum wage negotiations, threatening a national strike if their demands are not met by May 31.

The joint communique issued by the labor leaders underscores their determination to advocate for workers’ rights and fair labor practices, signaling a unified stance against perceived injustices by both private and governmental entities.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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