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Minimum Wage: Aviation unions threaten to withdraw services

Unions in the aviation sector have threatened total withdrawal of services from midnight 8th of this month over the failure to release the negotiated Conditions of service of the Agencies since 2013 and non-implementation of Minimum Wage and Consequential Adjustment since 2019 in all agencies.

The agencies are; the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, NCAT, Zaria, Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, NAMA and the Nigeria Meteorology Agency, NiMet

In a statement jointly signed by the unions’ Secretaries-General, the unions say, they have no other choice than to take this action after all their efforts have failed.

Adding that all the ultimatums given expired on 31st January 2022 without the demands being met in any form.

According to the statement, the meeting called by the Federal Ministry of Aviation on the same 31st of January, 2022 did not resolve the issues as there was no clear assurance from the Ministry and Managements’ delegation towards meeting the matter.

They, therefore, advised the management of FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, NIMET, AIB and NCAT, in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Aviation to utilize the one week window provided to avert this huge crisis by prevailing on the relevant government agencies to act jointly to ensure that their twin demands are met.

To ensure the service withdrawal, the unions’ scribe says, all branches and State Councils are to mobilize aviation workers nationwide to ensure total compliance with their directive in all stations of operations of the six aviation agencies without fail.

The unions also stated that, it has informed all airlines, ground handling, aviation security, logistics, inflight catering, and other aviation-related businesses as well as the traveling and general public that aviation services will be unavailable from the given time until the issues are fully resolved.

Reporting by Nosa Aituamen, Editing by Omotola Oguneye