The Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited( SAHCOL) will soon disengage about 250 workers from its payroll due to economic situation in the country.
SAHCOL’s General Manager, Corporate Communication, Mr. Basil Agboarumi who ascribed the action to bad economic situation at the weekend said that the ground handling company was not operating in isolation of the economy, but assured that the affected workers would be given all their benefits as required by the law.
He insisted that whatever step the company would take on the issue would be with human face and informed that discussions were still ongoing with the workers unions on the final decision it would take on the matter.
On the allegation from the industry unions that the management only planned to give the affected workers just three months salaries in advance, he declared no decision had been taken yet.
He said, “We don’t operate in isolation of the economy. What is going on has to do with the economy. That’s why we want to take such step and we are doing everything with human face and we have also been talking with our staff.
“On the three months’ salary you talked about, nobody has collected a letter yet. There are discussions ongoing with the workers, but one thing I can assure you is that there is a need for us to downsize at the moment. Every organisation is downsizing.
“The representatives of the staff saw reasons with us. It’s either we do it or nobody will be in business. There is a need for us to go this direction. However, we have not come out with a decision yet.”
On the demand of the industry unions that most of the organisation’s contract staff should be disengaged, rather than sack the workers who receive a paltry N40, 000, Agboarumi declared that the organisation engaged contract staff because they were beneficial to the system.
“Some companies even go for expatriates and these contract staff you are talking about are Nigerians. People may have argument on how things should be done, but I can assure you that we are dialoguing with them.”
It would be recalled that the leading industry union; National Union of Air Transport Workers, NUATE, Comrade had last week raised the alarm about the plan of SAHCOL to downsize its workforce by additional 250.
The Ag. General-Secretary, NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Abioye had said that the unions as the representatives of the workers would kick severely against maltreatment of workers in the ground handling company.
– Anthony Awunor