Aviation workers threaten strike over unpaid benefits

Aviation workers under the aegis of the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria have threatened to embark on a fresh strike by the end of the month.

This time, the grouse of the workers is the non-implementation of the various approved agreements between them and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

At a meeting in Lagos on Thursday, the workers said they would embark on the strike as from June 30, 2014, if their demands were not fully met.

The General Secretary, NUATE, Mr. Abdulkareem Motajo, who spoke to journalists after the meeting, explained that some of the demands included the immediate payment of pensions and gratuities to the workers as well as the payment of 27 per cent balance of minimum wage.

Others were the proper placement of all newly employed workers in accordance with the civil service rules and scheme of service, 2013 and 2014; the implementation of promotion of employees and improved conditions of service for workers.

He said that the unions had previously held a meeting with FAAN but regretted the agency’s foot-dragging on the issue.

Reacting to this, the spokesperson, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said that the agency would do all within its powers to meet the demands of the workers.

He explained that the Managing Director, FAAN, Mr. Dunoma Saleh, was aware of the activities of the union and would ensure that their welfare was duly addressed.

He said, “We are partners in progress with the unions and the managing director has been part of the unions in the past 30 years. That was why immediately he resumed office, he held a meeting with the unions. So, he is aware of these requests and he is going to sit down with the other management team to look at the best way to resolve them.”
Source:Punch News

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