Aviation workers threaten strike over salary cut

Aviation unions


Industrial action looms in the Aviation sector as workers unions have given the federal government two weeks ultimatum to ensure payment of full salaries of aviation agencies workers.

According to the unions, namely; National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), the two weeks ultimatum was arrived at after an emergency meeting on Tuesday, 2nd June.

The unions in a letter jointly signed by, NUATE Secretary General, OchemevAbah; Secretary General, ANAP, Abdul Rasaq Saidu; Deputy Secretary, ATSSSAN, Francis Akinjole; and Babatunde Omotola of AUPCTRE, addressed to President Mohammadu Buhari said “the situation requires urgent attention and mitigation to avert a looming national crisis”.

“At the same time, the msnagement of NAMA has informed its in-house unions about its inability to continue to pay normal salaries.

“And as in public domain, most Aviation companies have sent their workers home without salaries for months now while some are paying only a fraction of salaries to workers on essential duties compelled to come to work.

“This burden has become exceedingly telling on the workers and the cost has become unbearable. Our Unions can no longer contain the wailings of our members, the aviation workers.

“In the light of the above reality, our Unions are constrained to serve notice that should the situation of no salary or incomplete salary, remain beyond the 15th of June, 2020, the only option left for our unions will be to ask all aviation workers to remain at home pending when their salaries can be guaranteed.

“This option will be inevitable as we are unable to justify the continuation of the present unfairness whereby the workers have to use their own meagre resources to finance their commune to and from work under the very difficult COVID-19 transportation challenge,” the unions said.