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FG sets up committee over aviation strike

21 May 2013, 11:07

Abuja- The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja set up a committee to look into the demands of labour unions in the aviation sector.

The decision was taken at the end of a stakeholders meeting chaired by Emeka Wogu, the Minister of Labour and Productivity.

This is contained in a statement issued at the end of the meeting and signed by Mr Okewu Benjamin, National President and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria.

Mr Mohammed Safiyanu, National President, National Union of Air Transport Employees; Dr Uwem Akangson, Director Human Resources, NAMA, and Mr Eyaru Victor, National President and National Air Traffic Controllers, also signed the statement.

The statement said that other members of the committee would be worked out by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation.

``To be included in the committee are, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, as well as a member of Trade Union.

``The timeframe for the work of the committee shall be concluded within a reasonable time as was deliberated upon and agreed at the meeting.

``Based on the above, the proposed strike by the Trade Union was shelved,’’ it said.

The statement said that due notification was not given to Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in the dispute.

It said the issue of basic and other allowances of NAMA staff would be taken up by a committee headed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation.

The aviation unions, under the aegis of the Trade Union Congress, vowed to shut down the Nigeria airspace as part of efforts to press for implementation of the new salary scale endorsed by National Salary, Incomes and Wages Commission.


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