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Nigerian aviation workers begin warning strike over conditions of service April 17

*The aviation workers’ unions urge their state councils, branches and executives to enforce the directive on industrial action without compromise

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

For alleged failure to implement the conditions of service agreement between the union and some industry agencies, aviation workers’ unions will embark on a two-day strike, in Nigeria, from Monday, April 17, 2023.

The notice is contained in a joint statement issued and signed by officials of both the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, and Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals.

Others are the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreation Services.

The affected Labour unions stated that they would activate an indefinite strike after the two-day warning strike, if their demands are not met.

The statement noted: “Our unions issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Honourable Minister of Aviation and specific aviation parastatals on February 7, over non-implementation of minimum wage consequential adjustments and arrears for the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMet, refusal of the Income & Wages Commission and Office of the Head of Service of the Federation to release the reviewed Condition of Service of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, and Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMET.

“Also planned demolition exercise of aviation agency buildings in Lagos by the Minister of Aviation for an airport city project has been strongly resisted by our union but the ministry remains adamant so we are commencing the warning strike.”

The workers, therefore, urged their members across the aviation unions to comply with the directive.

It noted that the Union’s state councils, branches and executives are expected to enforce the directive without compromise.

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