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Aviation Unions Threaten Two-Day Warning Strike

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Aviation union workers have threatened to suspend  their services across airports in the country and embark on a two-day strike from Monday April 12 to April 18 over alleged failure to implement the conditions of service agreement between the union and some aviation agencies.

This is contained in a statement issued and signed by officials of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP).

Others are the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreation Services Employees.

The unions noted an indefinite strike would ensue after the two-day warning strike if their demands aren’t met.

The workers are aggrieved over the more than seven years of delays in reviewing their Condition of Service (CoS) as negotiated between them and four aviation agencies.

The workers added that they had issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Minister of Aviation on February 7, 2023, on the same matter but were not given due credence by the government.

“Our unions issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Honourable Minister of Aviation and specific aviation parastatals on Feb. 7, over non-implementation of minimum wage consequential adjustments and arrears for the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet ), refusal of the Income & Wages Commission and Office of the Head of Service of the Federation to release the reviewed Condition of Service of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET).

“Also planned demolition exercise of aviation’s agency buildings in Lagos by the Minister of Aviation for an airport city project has been strongly resisted by our union but the ministry remains adamant so we are commencing the warning strike,” the union said.

The aviation union urged its members to comply with the the directive adding that its state councils, branches and executives  to enforce the directive without compromise.

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