FLIGHT DISRUPTION IMMINENT AS AVIATION WORKERS DECLARE WARNING STRIKE

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Labour Unions in the aviation industry announced on Thursday that they will be withdrawing their services across airports on April 17 and 18.

It is therefore expected that would be flight delays and cancellation during the period.

The unions are aggrieved over the more than seven years delay in the review of their Condition of Service (CoS) as negotiated between them and four aviation agencies.

Failure to implement minimum wage consequential adjustment and arrears for the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMet since 2019 are the other conditions listed as the bone of contention.

The unions also noted that the Minister of Aviation has not done anything about the planned demolition of all the agency buildings in Lagos for an airport city project.

In a notice of a two day warning strike to workers of all aviation agencies signed by the secretaries-general of the five unions, it was stated that, if the warning strike fails, an indefinite strike shall ensue.

The unions include National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreation Services Employees.

The unions said, they had earlier issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Minister of aviation since February 7, 2023 on the same matter.

According to the notice, the ultimatum had since expired and nothing tangible had been yielded from their efforts.

The unions have directed all their members to comply with the directive while all state councils, branches and executives have been urged to enforce the directive without compromise.

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