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CoS: Aviation Unions threaten to emabrk on strike, issue 14 day ultimatum

Unions in the aviation industry have given the Federal Government a 14 day ultimatum from 17 of December to release the reviewed conditions of service of the agencies in the aviation industry.
The unions have threatened to embark on industrial action if at the expiration of the ultimatum nothing was done.
At a protest rally at the Lagos airport, leadership of the three unions in the industry insisted that their patience had been stretched to the limit waiting for over 7 years for the release of the conditions of service by the Salaries,Income and Wages Commission.
President, National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, Comrade Ben Nnabue who addressed members of the unions who gathered at the Freedom square at the airport said, the morale of the workers was low as efforts to dialogue with commission to release the conditions of service had failed.
He emphasized that they cannot continue to fold their hands as they could no longer give excuses to their members which could perceived that the leadership were handling the issues with kid gloves.
Deputy National President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association, ATSSSAN, Comrade Sarah Riddans said the conditions of service had been reviewed and the Agencies have agreed that they have the capacity to pay but the unions were surprised that the Commission was still foot dragging in the release.
She noted that all issues raised in the document submitted to the Salaries, Income and Wages Commission many years ago had been addressed, stressing that they do not know what was delaying the release.
According to her, the harmonization of salaries in the agencies put forward by the Commission was a tactics to withhold the release of their conditions of service, adding that some agencies like the Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, NCAT Zaria and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET were not generating revenue but get a percentage from the other three agencies.
Comrade Riddans observed that the Commission must thread with caution on the proposed harmonization of salaries as the six agencies in the industry have their different roles spelt out, responsibilities and overheads.
During the rally, the gates of the aviation agencies were locked for over three hours the rally lasted.
Placards were also displaced with different inscriptions that read, FAAN Management should stop playing politics with our conditions of service, CoS, Sirika please prevail on Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Our workers morale is low and poses danger to aviation safety among others.


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