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Again,Flight Disruption Looms As Aviation Unions Set for Airports Shut Down

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Four major aviation unions may withdraw their services if the much-expected Condition of Services (CoS) being worked on, by the government is not implemented on time.

The aviation unions include the Air Transport Senior Services Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), National Association of Aircraft Pilots, and Engineers (NAAPE).

The joint leadership of the union had already asked each of the unions to take their respective decisions and convey the same to the appropriate authorities as the various unions could no longer tolerate such an unwholesome circumstance.

It was gathered that there is the likelihood of the unions withdrawing their services, especially if their demands for their reviewed CoS are not met in the coming weeks.

In a communique issued at the end of the Joint Action Committee meeting of ATSSSAN, NUATE, ANAP and NAAPE held at the ANAP Secretariat over the weekend, the unions lamented the seizure of the approval of the reviewed CoS of Aviation Agencies including the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), which have been due for over 7 years.

Part of the document read, “After a thorough review of the unfortunate seizure of the approval of the reviewed CoS of Aviation Agencies, including NAMA, NCAA, FAAN, and NiMet, which have been due for upwards of 7 years, as well as non-implementation of the minimum wage/consequential adjustment since April 2019 in all aviation agencies, save the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), the union has resolved that they have run out an explanation to their members as to the basis of the delay of the release of the CoS of the affected agencies.

According to the document jointly signed by the deputy general secretary, ATSSSAN, Comrade Frances Akinjole, general secretary, NUATE, Comrade Ocheme Aba, Secretary-General, ANAP, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, Deputy Secretary-General, NAAPE, Comrade Umoh Ofonime, the affected workers have severally expressed their resolution not to continue to render services without valid CoS.

In a communique issued at the end of the Joint Action Committee meeting of ATSSSAN, NUATE, ANAP and NAAPE held at the ANAP Secretariat over the weekend, the unions lamented the seizure of the approval of the reviewed CoS of Aviation Agencies including the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), which have been due for over 7 years.

Part of the document read, “After a thorough review of the unfortunate seizure of the approval of the reviewed CoS of Aviation Agencies, including NAMA, NCAA, FAAN, and NiMet, which have been due for upwards of 7 years, as well as non-implementation of the minimum wage/consequential adjustment since April 2019 in all aviation agencies, save the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), the union has resolved that they have run out an explanation to their members as to the basis of the delay of the release of the CoS of the affected agencies.

According to the document jointly signed by the deputy general secretary, ATSSSAN, Comrade Frances Akinjole, general secretary, NUATE, Comrade Ocheme Aba, Secretary-General, ANAP, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, Deputy Secretary-General, NAAPE, Comrade Umoh Ofonime, the affected workers have severally expressed their resolution not to continue to render services without valid CoS.

Earlier, Comrade Saidu had informed that ANAP will vigorously pursue the issue of workers Condition of Service (CoS) in 2022 to a conclusive end.

Speaking shortly after the joint meeting at his office at the Murtala Mohammed Airport on workers’ expectations in 2022, Saidu said the CoS has caused embarrassment to the unions and must be achieved this year in all the agencies in the sector.

Saidu expressed the hope that all the unions in the industry this year, will speak with one voice to actualize this goal, adding that it has lingered for too long.

He noted that the main duty of the unions was to protect the working conditions of their members.

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