Aviation unions pull out of planned labour strike

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency says the country’s airspace will remain open despite the planned nationwide strike by the United Labour Congress of Nigeria.

NAMA said on Friday that it and the representatives of the Nigerian Aviation Professionals, Aeronautical Information Services Association of Nigeria and the National Association of Air Traffic Engineers met and agreed to disassociate themselves from the proposed strike scheduled to commence on Monday.

It is pertinent to inform the general public that while the NAAE denied membership of the United Labour Congress, AISAN and ANAP, whose members are in NAMA, have assured the agency of their decision not to join the strike. The agency, therefore, wishes to reassure the general public of full compliments of air navigation service provision throughout the period of the intended strike if it takes place,” the agency said.

The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers and ANAP were on Thursday reported to have notified the Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority that they would ground the country’s airspace if their demands were not met before September 18, 2017.

In the letter reportedly addressed to the Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Murktar Usman, the unions lamented that government workers at all levels were owed months and years of salaries, pensions and various allowances, stating that such a situation must be addressed.

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