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Strike to shut down Nigeria's aviation space

17 May 2013, 09:59Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Nigerian aviation workers have threatened to embark on a strike if their grievances are not met by May 14.

The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) warned that they were no longer interested in talks instead of effecting new salaries for their members.

However, the unions could not immediately reveal how much or what percentage their members want increased by the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

The unions warned that the strike would shut the country's entire aviation airspace on Monday, a development widely feared would worsen chaos in the country following the insurgencies by Boko Haram.

The three unions said their planned action was to protest the failure of NAMA to address their salary demands.

In a joint bulletin, the union leaders expressed bitterness over NAMA’s failure to invite them for a discussion since the ultimatum was issued recently.

They also raised concerns over the non-payment of 13 month arrears that have accrued on the new salary scale.

NAMA management remain confident of a breakthrough. - CAJ News

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