Aviation unions give 2-week ultimatum to FG to scrap clause banning strikes

Aviation industry unions have called on the federal government to remove the section of the recently signed Civil Aviation Act (CAA) that empowers the Minister of Aviation to prohibit union industrial action. The unions have given the FG a two-week ultimatum to remedy the situation or risk facing an air sector shutdown.

This was revealed by Comrade Dauda Nanbol, Chairman of the Council of FCT, National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), during a press briefing with journalists during a demonstration at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport ( NAIA), Monday, according to NAN.

The unions are the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Association of Air Transport Services Senior Managers of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), National Association Pilots and Aircraft Engineers (NAAPE) and the amalgamated union. Employees of the Technical and Leisure Services of the Public Service of Public Establishments (AUPCTRE).

What they say

According to Nanbol, the new Civil Aviation Act (CAA) has exempted unions from all instruments of their actions like strike, picket, lockout, among others.

He said, “They are instruments of our struggles as enshrined in the WAI Convention. We are comrades. It is our right, and we defend it at all times.

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We will feel dissatisfied with anything that concerns our welfare as workers in Nigeria. We have the right to demonstrate, and this right we will defend. We won’t let anyone take it away from us.

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari not to accentuate this bill. It’s anti-worker. This bill is against aviation workers and we are united. We will make sure to win this fight.“

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The unions also said they had given FG a two-week ultimatum from Monday to correct the irregularity or face a total shutdown of the aviation sector, citing that it is their right as a workers.

“If workers in the aviation sector are not certified, what do you think will happen to the sector? A lot of things will be compromised,” he added.

In case you missed it

  • Recall that Nairametrics reported in July that the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) had threatened to close airports in Nigeria following the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
  • The Union, which called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end the strike, said the strike would eventually lead to an unfortunate situation in the future if not handled well.

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