Aviation min­istry, unions meet over strike threat

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

Au­thor­i­ties of the Min­istry of Aviation and work­ers in the in­dus­try are billed to meet in Abuja to­day over threat by the unions to shut down air­ports, Daily Trust gath­ered.

The meet­ing is at the in­stance of Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Aviation, Ha­jia Binta Bello, who was said to have waded into the dif­fer­ences be­tween the unions and the Nige­ria Civil Aviation Au­thor­ity (NCAA).

The work­ers un­der the aegis of the Na­tional Union of Air Trans­port Em­ploy­ees (NUATE) and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Air­craft Pi­lot and Engi­neers (NAAPE) had threat­ened to shut down air­ports last Sun­day.

They how­ever back­tracked at the last minute, al­low­ing for the con­tin­u­a­tion of ne­go­ti­a­tion with the au­thor­i­ties.

The meet­ing slated for to­day in Abuja is to en­able stake­hold­ers iron out is­sues that have pit­ted the union against the reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity.

The unions are an­gry over what they called re­fusal of NCAA man­age­ment to pro­mote staff who are due for pro­mo­tion and non- im­ple­men­ta­tion of other con­di­tions of ser­vice.

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of NAAPE, Com­rade Aba Ocheme, said the unions were ready to ne­go­ti­ate with the govern­ment.

Mean­while, an aviation ex­pert, Cap­tain Dele Ore, in a chat with Daily Trust said di­a­logue should be con­tin­u­ously em­ployed in han­dling is­sues be­tween aviation au­thor­i­ties and the union. This, he noted, is im­per­a­tive to the smooth run­ning of the sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to him, all hands must be on deck to en­sure that flight ser­vices are not dis­rupted.

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