ANAP gives reasons why it opted out of 2-day warning strike

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The Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) says, it opted out of last weeks two day warning strike in the interest of the workers in particular and the aviation industry in general

In a statement by the General Secretary of ANAP Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu available to newsmen, says ANAP was formed for the struggle and emancipation of the down trodden aviation workers in the country and not to subject them to injustice they were fighting in the system.

Saidu, explained that ANAP will never betray any worker in the aviation industry as a result of inconsistency adding that the Association has come to stay and speak the truth.

He noted that the proposed strike was not properly planned as a result of lapses in some agencies affected by the consequential adjustment except the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN

According to him, the amended documents were not properly submitted adding, that it was submitted Thursday and they called for strike on Monday without following due process of serving notice to the agencies involved on the implementation of their demands.

The union explained that the essence of warning strike was to trigger dialogue and those concerned will be called to a round table to discuss issues raised with a view to averting it.

ANAP however, disclosed that the ministry responded Sunday and called on the parties involved and was honored by four out of the five unions that the contentious areas will be addressed.

It states that, the method used in addressing the condition of Service in FAAN, not by strike, should be applied to other agencies.

According to ANAP, four unions unanimously agreed to suspend the strike and called NUATE but NUATE had pitched tent with the Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON.

ANAP also notes, that it was on record that NUATE and other four unions in the industry at a time agreed that government should not recognize the transformation of Arik air into NG Eagle but NUATE went ahead and backed out of the meeting adding, that NUATE has continued to frustrate the efforts of the other unions.

The union reiterated that no amount of blackmail will deter the union from championing the cause of the aviation workers as it has come to correct abnormalities perpetrated by other unions that have made workers believed that reputable aviation unions do not exist in the country any longer.

It states that majority of the workers have noticed changes in the system since the coming of ANAP few years ago.

“ANAP is one hundred percent in the aviation industry to keep the integrity of workers. We appeal to Aviation workers to bear with us, that what we did to suspend the strike was in the aviation workers interest”.

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