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Airport workers suspend strike, flights resume –

Flight operations at Nigerian airports have resumed after Nigerian Airways Handling Corporation (NAHCO) officials suspended their strike on Monday night.

Last week, aviation unions issued a five-day strike notice to NAHCO management, citing slow progress in salary review negotiations.

NAHCO’s management had asked to continue negotiations in February to allow the company to stabilize from the financial impact of the recent promotion.

However, the union issued a strike notice, prompting company management to seek court intervention in the matter.

The union is said to have walked out of the international airport on Monday morning, vowing to continue the strike.

Also read: Airport staff issue strike ultimatum over AMCON move against Arik Air

In a letter signed by the National Air Transport Employees Union, the Nigerian Air Transport Executives Association, NAHCO Management and observers said the strike was suspended after an agreement was reached on a pay increase at a joint meeting on Monday.

The letter read: “Management has decided to withdraw the lawsuit and vacate the court order obtained earlier; management will issue a counter-offer against the union’s demand by the close of business on Monday, January 23, 2023.

“Negotiations on employee benefits will begin on Wednesday 25 January 2023 and all negotiations will be concluded within the week.

“All employees should return to work immediately and no employee will be harmed by strike action.”

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