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Air traffic engineers to join aviation union strike against ‘bad welfare’

The National Association of Air Traffic Engineers (NAAE) has called on its members to join the two-day warning strike declared by aviation unions.

The Saturday, three unions in the aviation sector had announced that they would begin a two-day warning strike from Monday.

The unions are the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Association of Aviation Professionals of Nigeria (ANAP) and the Merged Union of Public Enterprises, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees (AUPCTRE).

The groups are protesting unresolved issues related to alleged poor conditions of service and the minimum wage negotiated with the National Wages, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC).

In a statement dated May 6 and co-signed by Ishaya Dung and Ishaya Akaaba, the NAAE’s president and general secretary respectively, the association said its members should join the strike.

“Following the special bulletin issued earlier today by leaders of aviation industry unions to NAMA, NIMET and NCAT personnel nationwide, all NAAE chapters are hereby alerted to compliance,” the statement said.

“The unresolved requests are as follows: the terms of service as negotiated with the agencies for more than seven (7) remained with the NSIWC unimplemented; the consequential adjustment to the minimum wage was also not implemented.

“All NAAE chapters are urged to support parent unions for an effective warning strike on May 9-10, 2022.”

In February, unions had notified airlines and the general public of the withdrawal of air transport services in protest at poor social protection and unenforced agreements.

Following the intervention of the federal government, the industrial action has been suspended.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, the airlines had suspended their plans to halt flight operations due to the high cost of aviation fuel.