Aviation workers in Nigeria have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike over poor welfare and other valid conditions of service.
Aviation workers include the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).
In a joint communiqué signed by leaders of the unions, the workers expressed sadness over the deplorable conditions of its members in the last decade and demanded a review of their conditions of service.
They demanded the implementation of minimum wage/consequential adjustment that had been on since April 2019 in all the aviation agencies, apart from the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology.
The workers, however, vowed not to continue to render services until their demands are met and valid conditions of service are reviewed.
The communiqué read in part, ”Our unions have severally conveyed our frustration over the aforementioned issues and have engaged the agencies’ management and other government agencies involved, including the Ministry of Aviation over the years with only minimal result.
“Based on the foregoing, the unions resolved that each union should as a matter of urgency, take a decision and convey same to the appropriate authorities that this unwholesome circumstance can no longer be tolerated.
“The condition of service for NiMet has not been approved since 2003, while those of FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, and AIB have been with the commission since 2001.”