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NAHCO workers call off strike after disrupting domestic flights on Monday

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Airlines in Nigeria said on Monday flights were being disrupted after ground staff began an indefinite strike to demand higher pay.

Air Peace, which has the biggest fleet in Nigeria, and smaller carrier Dana Air said the strike by the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) was delaying flights and hoped the issue would be quickly resolved.

“The strike has affected all operations of all airlines being handled by the company (NAHCO),” Air Peace said in a statement.

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British Airways and Qatar Airways, among the foreign airlines frequently flying to Nigeria, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The National Union of Transport Employees and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria issued a notice last week that its members would go on strike from Monday to press NAHCO for better pay.

In a communique signed by the Management of NAHCO, unions’ representatives and regulatory agencies, it was resolved that the unions should call off the strike which lasted for about 14 hours, and all staff resumed work immediately.

Other issues agreed upon are that NAHCO management withdraws the suit it instituted at the National Industrial Court against the unions; negotiations on staff welfare to resume Wednesday, January 25, and be concluded within the week; and that no staff should be victimised because of participation in the strike action.

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