Air Peace has accused the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of deliberately disrupting its operations over its face off with the Imo State government.
The unions disrupted all flights to Owerri across airports in the country on Wednesday morning, leaving many passengers stranded.
The unions say they embarked on the exercise over the disruptions to the Workers Day rally by thugs alleged to be agents of the Imo State government.
The action of the unions tagged, “No Flight To Owerri” was reached Monday night at the end of an emergency joint central working committee meeting of the NLC and TUC.
In a letter, members in the aviation sector were directed to paralyse flights to Owerri, beginning from mid-night of Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
But the management of Air Peace said all their scheduled flights including Owerri were affected and that while other airlines heading to Owerri were allowed to leave, Air Peace counters were not allowed to process other passengers to different destinations.
“This is not the first time the NLC or unions will be attacking Air Peace for issues that have no bearing with the airline. There was a time they attacked Air Peace because they were protesting minimum wage with the Federal Government. While the minimum wage was N18,000 naira, the minimum wage at Air Peace was even 50,000 naira.
“We do not understand why Air Peace and aviation should be selected for this kind of treatment. If they have a grouse against Governor Uzodimma, that should be taken to Imo State. Why are they not stopping road transport workers who are going to Imo State?”
The airline thereafter alerted the Nigerian flying public that all their flights will be disrupted on Thursday and in the coming days because cancellations will follow.