Aviation trade unions have suspended their industrial action against Caverton Helicopters over alleged anti-labour practices.

This is coming after a successful deliberation with the airline’s management.

Mr. Olayinka Abioye, General Secretary, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), confirmed the development in an interview with Journalists on Monday in Lagos.

According to him, the picketing of Caverton Helicopters was suspended following the agreement by the management to pay all the sacked workers their entitlements.

He said; “This morning, we held a meeting with the management of Caverton and they have agreed to pay the severance benefits of all the sacked workers within five weeks.

“They have also agreed to look into other pending issues concerning staff welfare, and have promised to give us feedback soon.”

On the picketing of the in-flight service providers, he said both organisations had prevented their members from joining unions in the aviation industry.

“We have a court case with Newrest ASL at the National Industrial Court, Lagos, over this issue, but there is no court order that we cannot picket the company.

“We have some persons who have indicated interest to join us and are even paying checkup dues, but the management is preventing them from doing so.

“They have even gone further to make the job difficult for these persons by victimising them,” he added.

He, however, asked that the picketing of both companies would continue on Tuesday as other affiliate trade unions from outside the aviation sector has increased interest to join the protest.

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