Avi­a­tion work­ers back­track on strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Lagos

Lead­ing unions in the avi­a­tion industry have backed down on threat to shut down air­ports na­tion­wide.

The unions, Na­tional Union of Air Trans­port Em­ploy­ees (NUATE) and the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Air­craft Pi­lots and En­gi­neers (NAAPE) con­firmed to Daily Trust that the pro­posed strike has been sus­pended.

It would be re­called that the unions in a let­ter dated Oc­to­ber 21, 2015, ac­cused the the Nige­ria Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA) of not ad­her­ing to the con­di­tion of ser­vice with re­spect to pro­mo­tion of work­ers and other wel­fare is­sues.

The let­ter jointly signed by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral NUATE and Sec­re­tary Gen­eral NAAPE, Com­rades Olayinka Abioye and Aba Ocheme, re­spec­tively, threat­ened to shut down the agency from Sun­day mid-night.

How­ever, a last-minute in­ter­ven­tion by the NCAA author­i­ties saved the sec­tor from an­other round of strike, Daily Trust gath­ered.

The unions are ag­i­tat­ing for pro­mo­tion of their mem­bers which they claimed had been de­ferred since Jan­uary and other con­di­tions of ser­vice.

Parts of the let­ter read, “The man­age­ment of NCAA has been play­ing some pranks so to speak be­cause or­di­nar­ily, peo­ple who are due for pro­mo­tion ought to have re­ceived their let­ters since Jan­uary or there­about, but as we speak those let­ters are not forth­com­ing. The man­age­ment is try­ing to in­tro­duce a new pol­icy that is not known to the con­di­tion of ser­vice. We are go­ing to take le­gal steps to en­sure that we do what we have ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity to do’’.

How­ever, both Abioye and Ocheme in sep­a­rate in­ter­views with our cor­re­spon­dent con­firmed that the strike has been sus­pended.

“The man­age­ment has ac­cepted to sus­pend the com­mence­ment of the ob­nox­ious pro­mo­tion in­ter­view they slated for Mon­day to al­low for dis­cus­sion. So cor­re­spond­ingly, we agreed to sus­pend the strike till af­ter our meet­ing with the man­age­ment and min­istry”, Ocheme said.

Spokesman of NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurog­boye, also con­firmed that the ac­tion had been sus­pended and that the unions and NCAA man­age­ment would meet on Mon­day.

He said there was no truth what­so­ever in the re­port that the airspace would be shut down.

“I hereby de­clare to the whole world that it is not true. Nige­rian airspace is open for flight op­er­a­tions at all times. NCAA can­not be clos­ing airspace. Our pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity is to en­sure the safety of air trav­ellers. The is­sue we have with our work­ers’ union is be­ing re­solved’’, he said.


From right: Lagos State Gover­nor, Mr. Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, with Pres­i­dent, Nige­ria Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Mr. Au­gus­tine Aleghe and Coun­try Se­nior Part­ner, Price Wa­ter House Coop­ers, Nige­ria, Mr. Uyi Ak­pata, dur­ing a lecture and din­ner in hon­our of the gover­nor by FGC Warri Old Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (FEGOCOWOSA), Lagos branch, at the Ori­en­tal Ho­tel, Lagos on Satur­day.

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