We’re work­ing to end strikes in avi­a­tion – FG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment says it is work­ing to ad­dress in­ces­sant in­dus­trial ac­tions by unions in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

The gov­ern­ment said it was col­lab­o­rat­ing with rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers to en­sure a ‘con­flict­free’ busi­ness cli­mate in the sec­tor.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Fed­eral Min­istry of Labour and Pro­duc­tiv­ity, Dr. Cle­ment Il­loh stated this at a work­shop on “Re­defin­ing In­dus­trial Re­la­tions in the Avi­a­tion In­dus­try”.

It was or­ga­nized by Safe­crest Ser­vices Lim­ited, for mem­bers of the Air Traf­fic Ser­vices Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (ATSSSAN) at the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Staff Col­lege of Nige­ria (ASCON) in Bada­gry.

Daily Trust re­ports that fre­quent clashes by work­ers and Avi­a­tion agen­cies re­main one of the chal­lenges con­fronting the sec­tor. Mem­bers of the Nige­ria Air Trans­port Em­ploy­ees (NUATE) last week is­sued a two-week ul­ti­ma­tum to the Nige­ria Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (NCAA) over is­sues re­lat­ing to work­ers’ wel­fare at the au­thor­ity.

The per­ma­nent sec­re­tary who ex­pressed con­cern over the de­vel­op­ment said labour laws with ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tions and poli­cies have been put in place and are be­ing vig­or­ously en­forced to pro­mote so­cial jus­tice and in­dus­trial peace be­tween work­ers and man­age­ments of var­i­ous paras­tatals.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the cur­rent in­dus­trial re­la­tions sys­tem in Nige­ria is “chaotic, law­less, cri­sis­rid­den and strike-prone”.

He noted that avi­a­tion re­mains one sec­tor that has been badly af­fected by in­dus­trial crises, say­ing there was a need to re­de­fine in­dus­trial re­la­tions in the sec­tor.

This, he pointed out, would go a long way in max­i­miz­ing the ben­e­fits of Avi­a­tion to the na­tion’s de­vel­op­ment be­cause avi­a­tion con­trib­utes greatly to the growth of Nige­ria’s Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP).

Il­loh urged labour lead­ers to pur­sue all nec­es­sary av­enues and statu­tory pro­ce­dures to set­tle dis­putes with­out al­low­ing them to de­gen­er­ate into huge cri­sis sit­u­a­tion that could de­prive the coun­try of rev­enue.

From right: Dr. Chuk­wuma C. Nwuba, Prof. Ta­judeen Aluko, a lec­turer with Kaduna Poly­tech­nic, and Dr. Mo­hammed B. Nuhu, at the manda­tory con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment seminar or­ga­nized by Nige­ria In­sti­tu­tion of Es­tate Sur­vey­ors and Val­ues, Kaduna State branch, in Kaduna yesterday. Photo

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