Striking Pilots, Aeronautic Engineers Cripple Helicopter Company

Striking National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) to protest against the disparity in the payment of salaries between expatriate and Nigerian pilots and engineers has crippled the operations of Caverton Helicopters.
It is gathered that the one-day warning strike affected the company’s offices in Shell, NAF Base in Port Harcourt, as well as Warri and Lagos.
Caverton is one of the three organisations operating rotary wing operating in Nigeria
The union said the warning strike is also to express the its discomfort over the refusal by the helicopter company to commit to pay remunerations being converted from dollars to naira at prevailing inter- bank rate as previously agreed between the management of the rotary wing and NAAPE.
Speaking to aviation journalists at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos yesterday, the general secretary of NAAPE, Ocheme Aba, accused Caverton Helicopters of discriminating between expatriate and Nigeria pilots and engineers in the payment of salaries.
The NAAPE scribe also accused Caverton Helicopters of deducting tax and from the workers’ salaries without remitting same to the appropriate authorities.
He further stated that while the salaries of expatriates in the company had been paid up to date and promptly, the pilots and engineers, who are Nigerians are still been owed salaries.
“Having exhausted all avenues of seeking redress without success, we have come to the painful conclusion that the management of Caverton has taken our patience and goodwill for granted.”
“Accordingly, all pilots and engineers in Caverton are hereby directed by the National Executive Council of NAAPE to withdraw all services as from midnight of July 12, 2016 to midnight of July 13, 2016, as a warning to Caverton to do the needful or face more drastic action,” he said.
Aba also hinted that the one-day warning, which would see the activities of the rotary wing giant grounded is to protest the refusal of the company to pay salaries every month on or before the 26th day of the month as contained in the Condition of Service as against the current practice, where salaries runs into months in arrears.
He posited that despite several efforts made by NAAPE to address the several labour issues that have severed the relationship between the union and the management of the company, Caverton has refused to resolve these matters.

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