Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Unions Threaten to Shut Down NAMA Over Salary

Lagos — Members of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Air Transport Employees have given the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency two weeks to implement the revised salary structure or risk an industrial action.

In a letter jointly signed by both unions to the Managing Director/CEO NAMA, they warned that the seeming reluctance, negligence and or failure to implement the new salary structure by the management is an indirect invitation to industrial crisis.

The letter read in part: "Contrary to the spirit and content of the letter from the Federal Ministry of Aviation, arising from the approval of the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission and further to our letters on the same subject and the glaring indifference, provocative and unwholesome disposition of your management to assuage the yearnings of its workers and effect the implementation of the reviewed/adjusted Salary Structure in NAMA since November 2012, we are constrained to demand the immediate implementation of the approved reviewed salary structure within fourteen days (14) upon the receipt of this letter.

"As the new salary structure is a product of collective bargaining and represents affordability and concurrence of parties, the seeming reluctance, negligence and or failure to implement by the management is an indirect invitation to industrial crisis, which we can ill afford.

"May we stress therefore that the consequences of your management's failure to implement the reviewed salary within the next fourteen (14) days shall be laid squarely at your door step."

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