Lagos - Aviation unions on Sunday in Lagos said they would be going on
a two-day national warning strike over the recent merger plan by the
Federal Government of some agencies in the industry.
The unions are the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of
Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE)
and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE).
The National President of ATSSSAN, Benjamin Okewu, said the unions were
currently meeting to take their stands, confirming that the National Executive
Council meeting of the unions would be scheduled for sometime in May.
"ATSSSAN has concluded plans to get the endorsement of the strike from
all its organs as its National Administrative Council Meeting and the
National Executive Council meeting are scheduled for May.
"We have put our members on red alert, in preparation for the two-day
warning strike aimed at paralysing the country’s aviation sector,'' he said.
Okewu said that the unions vowed to close down airports across the country
as the warning strike would be the first of its kind in the country.
He, however, said that the unions have written to the National Assembly,
the Presidency and the National Security Adviser over the planned strike.
The president added that the unions have also itemised reasons why
government should not go ahead with its plan on the merger.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government had planned to merge
the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigeria Airspace Management
Agency with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
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