Nigeria’s four main aviation unions on Wednesday vowed to ground activities in the sector from Tuesday, February 8, 2022, over the failure of the Federal Government to discharge the negotiated requirements of service of aviation agencies since 2013 and the non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage/consequential adjustment since 2019.
In a notice of industrial action jointly signed by officials of the unions and given to aviation employees, the associations told flights and related activities would be brought stopped.
National Union of Air Transport Employees
The unions include the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees.
- “By this notice, all airlines, ground handling companies, aviation security/logistics, in-flight catering, and other aviation-related companies, as well as the traveling and general public, are hereby informed that aviation services will be inaccessible as from the given time until the problems are completely resolved,” they said.
The aviation workers’ union recalled that they had earlier sent ultimatums to the Federal Ministry of Aviation and its six agencies about workers’ concerns but nobody was accomplished.
Federal Ministry of Aviation
The statement read in part, “As you are all aware, our unions variously gave ultimatums to the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the six aviation agencies over the vexed issues of failure to release
negotiated conditions of service of the agencies since 2013 and the non-implementation of minimum wage/consequential adjustment since 2019.
“All the ultimatums expired January 31, 2019, without the orders being met in any form. The meeting called by the Federal Ministry of Aviation on the exact January 31, 2013, did not resolve the problems as there was no clear commitment from the ministry/managements’ delegation towards meeting our actual demands.
Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority
“In the circumstance, our unions are left with no option but to accept the next obvious action. In this regard, all aviation employees are hereby required to commence the complete withdrawal of services from midnight of Tuesday, February 8, 2022, unless, and until, otherwise required in this same way.”
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The six agencies include the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigeria Meteorological Services Agency, Accident Investigation Bureau, and the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology.
The unions suggested the managements of FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, NiMet, AIB, and NCAT, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Aviation work the one-week window so provided to avert the looming crisis by prevailing on the relevant government agencies to act jointly to ensure that workers’ twin needs were met.
They told, “All conditions of service of the NCAA, NAMA, FAAN, NiMet and any other aviation agency pending before the Ministry of Aviation; National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission; the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, or any other organ of government or management of the agencies must be released wholly for performance with the effective date of the signing of the deal between our unions and the individual agencies.
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