Flight operations was disrupted this morning for oil workers due to the ongoing picketing of Bristow Helicopter’s by the National Association of Pilots and Aircraft engineers
The union this morning blocked the entrance and exit of the Helicopter base operations in Port Harcourt over alleged plans by the management of the company to sack Nigeria workers and employ foreigners.
The National treasurer of Nupeng Alex Agwunwo said the union decided to picket Bristow Helicopter’s due to anti labour practices and threatened that the company will remain closed until all their demands are met.
Some of the striking pilots Who wants to remain anonymous due their management stand on them speaking to press told correspondent Anita Ogona that they are protesting over poor salaries and the management decisions to lay off workers who had suffered for the company during the pandemic to employ foreign workers.
They said during the pandemic, the management took out all the foreigners and left the national to do all the jobs of carrying and flying people to and fro Covid19 infested RIG. Now that the pandemic is almost over, they want to return those foreigners and sack the Nigerian pilots who had been fighting the pandemic, worked in most hazardous environment and bring in the foreigners who will do same job and collect jumbo pay.
Another pilot said it is pertinent to note that the capital frights we talks about is done only by this foreigners, as Nigerians they live and spend their monies in Nigeria while these foreigners spend not up to a 10 percent of their salaries in Nigeria and contribute nothing to the Nigerian economy