Flights shutdown loom in Nigeria as aviation workers plan two-day strike

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There might be flight disruption in Nigeria as aviation union workers have threatened to suspend their services across airports in the country from April 17 to April 18, 2023.

According to a memo signed by the leadership of five unions, an indefinite strike will ensue if the two-day warning strike fails.

The unions include 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).

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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 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.

“Recall our unions as named above issued a 14-day ultimatum to the honourable minister of aviation and specific aviation parastatals since February 7, 2023, over the following demands: non-implementation of minimum wage consequential adjustments and arrears for the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) since 2019,” the memo reads.

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“…refusal of the Salaries, Income & Wages Commission, (NSIWC) and office of the head of service of the federation, (OHCSF), to release the reviewed condition of service, (CoS), of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, (NCAT) and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NiMet).

“As negotiated between our unions and the agencies, and as duly conveyed by the federal ministry of aviation since upwards of nine years.”

The unions, however, asked that all members comply with the directive while all state councils, branches, and executives have been urged to enforce the directive without compromise.

Last year, the labour unions had threatened a strike over the same issues raised but suspended the action after signing a memorandum of settlement (MoS) with the federal government.

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