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Ministry of Aviation pleads with unions to sheath sword says strike unnecessary

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..to view seriously any behaviour by any Union that may likely lead to a breakdown of law and order at airports 

The Federal Ministry of Aviation has assured aviation unions that their demands are being  looked into which led to to their embarking on a two-day warning industrial action today.

The strike which kicked off across airports in the country led to a gridlock around the airports and air passengers stranded for hours as they found it difficult to gain access into the terminals.

The Ministry in a statement signed by Head, Press & Public Affairs, Odutayo Oluseyi says, one of the demands, the release of the reviewed Conditions of Service in some of the Agencies, is still work in progress. 

“The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission is already carrying out assessments and will soon conclude”.

He said, “the ministry expressed her displeasure at the ongoing warning strike by the Aviation Unions in spite of efforts at meeting the demands of the workers”. 

The statement adds, “The strike is unnecessary as it will increase the hardship on our citizens, affect flight schedules, lead to economic losses and negatively impact on our rating globally”.

While outlining the issues and responding to them, he noted that, these issues should not have led to strike.

The Issues, Appeals and Warnings
“It should be noted that the planned demolition of certain buildings obstructing the runway is in public interest and an administrative issue that can be sorted in-house. The Unions should have met with management of Agencies for alternative accommodation to all affected offices before going ahead with the strike”.

“On the Concession of airports, the Unions are aware of global practices and for the Aviation industry in Nigeria to be the hub in Africa, the concession is the way to go to improve infrastructure and make our airports economically viable as this is without loss of jobs”. 

“The Unions should also note, if they are not already aware, that consequential adjustment of the minimum wage has been finalized and about to be paid anytime soon. We have always conveyed this information in the several conversations and meetings held with the Unions”.

The statement assured that, the Management of the Ministry of Aviation is open to continuous engagement with the Unions to improve their welfare, stressing that, this can only be done in an atmosphere of peace and mutual respect.

The Ministry reiterated that, while they are appealing to the Unions to sheath their sword, the Management will view seriously any behaviour by any Union that is likely to lead to a breakdown of law and order at our airports.

“The Ministry wishes to appeal to the Unions to call off the strike and join hands with Management to make the Aviation industry a hub in Africa”. 

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