Monday, 26 May 2014

Union suspends warning strike over merger of aviation agencies

Members of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria ATSSSAN have shelved its planned two days warning strike to protest the proposed merger of aviation parastatals.

In a communique jointly signed by Comrade Benjamin Okewu and Captain Tarnongu, the national president and deputy general Secretary of the union respectively, the members explained that they have decided to suspend the strike due to a positive signal that the Federal government is likely to stop the proposed merging of the aviation parastatals.

The union said its only awaiting the final pronouncement of Jonathan's discontinuation in merging the agencies before it will know the next line of action to take. "But presently we have suspended the strike," the union said in the release. Affected agencies includes; NAMA, NIMET and NCAA.

It would be recalled that major aviation players and the union had earlier faulted FG merger of aviation agencies.

The unions had earlier this month 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 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).
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 before this development.
The union also use the communiqué as a medium to pass warnings to some management of the aviation industry that have been trampling on the rights of workers to join and belong to a union and, for collective bargaining.
They said sister unions particularly in the aviation, transport and oil and gas sectors were ready to partner ATSSSAN to picket anti- labour dispositions of management and put pressure on their clients.
ATSSSAN called on the ministry of labour and productivity, ministry of aviation, stakeholders in the industry and well meaning Nigerians to call hardened hearts of management that were hostile to labour rights before they will be forced to deploy tools of engagement of their last resorts that may disrupt production process.