Nigerian aviation workers begin indefinite strike Wednesday
Nigeria’s workers will begin an indefinite strike tomorrow, following the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum earlier issued to the Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation) and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
“Having therefore exhausted all efforts and patience on the issues, and left with no other option, our unions hereby direct all staff of NCAA nationwide to commence an indefinite industrial action with effect from 0500hrs on Wednesday, 22nd, May, 2019,” the workers’ unions wrote in a circular on Tuesday.
A notice signed by the country’s aviation unions’ heads says situation “will remain so” until the demands of the unions were met. The workers are demanding for implementation of the new minimum wage and better working conditions.
The aviation unions, comprising of National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), expect flight operations to be disrupted across the country.
The notice was signed by the General Secretary, NUATE, Ocheme Aba; Deputy General Secretary, ATSSSAN, Frances Akinjole; Secretary General of ANAP, Abdulrazaq Saidu; and Deputy General Secretary, NAAPE, Umoh Ofonime.
Union leaders do not foresee this strike action disrupting flight operations tomorrow, according to Ahmadu llitrus, President Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), who said: “It will not affect flight operations. We are not looking beyond NCAA formations.”