Condition Of Service: Aviation Workers To Down Tools

Aviation workers under the aegis of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) have protested against the poor condition of service of workers of the various aviation agencies, which have been on for seven years.

Also, the Association of Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) have called for expeditious review of the condition of service of workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET).

The groups in a joint communiqué signed by Deputy General Secretary, Air Transport Senior Staff of Nigeria Francis Akinjole, General Secretary, NUATE, Ocheme Aba, Secretary-General ANAP, Abdulrazaq Saidu, and Deputy General Secretary NAAPE, Umoh Ofonime, equally called for the implementation of minimum wage/consequential adjustment that had been on since April 2019 in all aviation agencies, save for the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT). (ATSAAN)

The union leaders in their submission lamented that they had run out of explanation to their members as to the basis for the delay in releasing the condition of service of the affected agencies and have come under unbearable in this respect from members.

The affected members have severally expressed their resolutions not to continue to render services without valid conditions of service.

According to them, ”our unions have severally conveyed our frustration over the aforementioned issues and have engaged the agencies’ management and other government agencies involved, including the Ministry of Aviation over the years with only minimal result.

“Based on the foregoing, the unions resolved that each union should as a matter of urgency, take a decision and convey same to the appropriate authorities that this unwholesome circumstance can no longer be tolerated.”

The condition of service for NiMet has not been approved since 2003, while those of FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, and AIB has been with the Commission since 2001.

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Aviation Metric learnt that the condition of service was supposed to be reviewed every five years, but the National Salaries and Wages Commission (NSWC) had refused to effect the review without any cogent reason.

“The condition of service of all the aviation agencies have been held hostage by the Commission and we are only sensitising government and the general public to what is going on.

“Salaries and Wages Commission has become a demi-god, so, people should know that if tomorrow the aviation workers decide to go on strike, they should know why.

“Before now, the Commission said they would want to harmonise the allowances of FAAN, NAMA, and NCAA, but we have explained to them why that will not be possible because they have different specializations.

“For that of NiMet, only God knows the reason, because since 2003, they have been renewing it and the Commission held it for just no reason.

“While the one of 2003 was with them, we renewed the one of 2008; they also held it and that of 2013 till date for no cogent reason,” said Chris Omagbemi, third National Vice President of NUATE,

ANAP President, Saidu, said: “Conditions of Service is very important when you get approval, there must be a letter and by the Act, it’s the governing board of directors that is charged on day to day to approve the workers’ condition and promotion

 

Wole Shadare

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