Aviation Workers to Shut Down Airports Over Minimum Wage
All Unions in the Nigerian Aviation industry have announced that they will shut down all services and flight schedules in all Nigerian airports, beginning from Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
The development is in solidarity with the planned nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) over failure by the government to agree on new minimum wage.
The aviation workers’unions, made up of National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), in a notice dated November 3, 2018, said that they would participate actively in the strike to call for improved wages for members.
The notice was signed by Comrades Temenu Akinola (NUATE), Frances Akinjole (ATSSSAN), Ocheme Aba (NAAPE) and Abdulrasaq Saidu for ANAP.
They said that the Nigerian airspace would be shut down from 12 am on November 6, 2018.nThe notice also applied to all businesses and agencies involved with aviation
The notice read in part: “In complying with the directive of the labour centers, therefore, we issue this notice to all workers in the aviation sector to withdraw all services from 00:00hrs of November 6, 2018.
“The notice also applies to all businesses and agencies involved with aviation to be aware of the above situation and adjust business accordingly. The general public, especially the international traveling public, are equally notified to avoid, or cancel, plans to utilize workers in the aviation sector.
“For emphasis, all workers must comply with this directive as our unions will not tolerate any sabotage of the strike.”