The Aviation Security (AVSEC) and the logistics sub-sector will be embarking on an indefinite strike from Wednesday, August 16, 2023, over poor wages.
This was made known in a circular issued by the General Secretary of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Comrade Ocheme Aba on Tuesday, August 14, 2023.
In the circular sent to the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Commissioner of Police, Airports Command, the Airport Commandant, Director, Department of State Security (DSS), Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos Command, Aba lamented that AVSEC, graduates, are paid a paltry N30,000 monthly.
Aba explained that the union had done everything possible to resolve the lingering crisis of extreme impoverishment of employees of AVSEC and the logistics sub-sector of the aviation industry in Nigeria but to no avail.
He said that the management of all the companies in the business have all failed to secure decent contracts that could avail fair remuneration for their workers.
The circular added: “With current salary levels as low as N30,000 a month for graduates, there is no gain saying that AVSEC employment in Nigeria is nothing other than a slave labour camp; to call a spade a spade.
“This situation can no longer be allowed to continue. In this regard, and further to our letter of ultimatum dated June 26, 2023, all workers in all aviation Logistics companies in Nigeria are hereby directed to totally withdraw services as of August 16, 2023, indefinitely, until our demand for fair remuneration is met.”
Aba added that only the national secretariat of NUATE was authorised to issue any further directives on this matter.
The circular also directed state councils and branches of NUATE in Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu to be on hand to ensure full compliance with the notice.