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NUATE shelve planned strike as NCAA appeals for a week to address vexed issue

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The National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE has decided to shelve it planned strike this afternoon over poor salaries for Aviation Security, AvSec and the Logistics sub-sector in the industry.

The decision to suspend the planned strike is coming based on the letter of appeal from the Director General, Civil Aviation Capt. Musa Nuhu asking for a week extension.

The apex regulatory authority says, “the Authority seeks your indulgence to postpone the withdrawal of services by the private security firms at the nation’s airport scheduled to start on Wednesday 16th August 2023”.

“This will create an opportunity for the Authority to intervene in this dispute and with a view to find lasting solutions to the issues raised by NUATE. A meeting will be called with the union, private security firms and the airlines”.

It added, “You may wish to note the precarious situation of the aviation industry as such we must all collaborate to avoid making matters worse for all stakeholders”.

The General Secretary, NUATE, Comrade Ocheme Aba who confirmed receipt of the letter said, they have asked members to stay action on the strike, which was expected to commence this afternoon.

The union in a statement Tuesday directed employees of AvSec and the logistics sub-sector to withdraw their services Indefinitely pending when they demands are meant.

The statement read, “As you are all aware, the union has done everything possible to resolve the lingering crisis of extreme impoverishment of employees of Aviation Security (AvSec) & logistics sub-sector of the aviation industry in Nigeria, but to no avail”.

“The Managements of all the companies in the business have all failed to secure decent contracts that can avail fair remuneration for their workers. With current salary levels as low as N30,000 a month for graduates, there is no gain saying that AvSec employment in Nigeria is nothing other than a slave labour camp; to call a spade a spade”.
Adding, “This situation can no longer be allowed to continue”.

“In this regard, and further to our letter of ultimatum dated 26th June, 2023, all workers in all Aviation Logistics companies in Nigeria are hereby directed to totally withdraw services as from August 16, 2023 indefinitely, until our demand for fair remuneration is met”.

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