Aviation unions, under the aegis of the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), yesterday said they would go on a one-day warning strike tomorrow if the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) failed to implement the new salary structure as approved by the government.
Speaking during an interactive session with NAMA workers at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, the National President of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Comrade Safianu Mohammed, pointed out that the strike would force the management of NAMA to act fast, implement the adjusted salary structure for its workers that was signed by the salaries and wages commission in August 13, 2012.
He further emphasised that tomorrow, no aircraft will be seen flying in the Nigerian airspace as the agency would withhold its services to airlines across the country, noting that if NAMA failed to comply, the union would go on indefinite strike.
Also, the National President of the ATSSSAN, Comrade Benjamin Okewu, said, "We just had a congress to renew our mandate concerning the implementation of the adjusted salary structure as approved by the salaries and wages commission, NAMA like all other parastatals, we negotiated and then the law requires us to present those things with government agencies that are responsible for those approval and we have done that, we got approval for NCAA, FAAN, NIMET and AIB and all those agencies have implemented their own, NAMA approval was delayed and eventually given in August last year and then it was sent to the ministry and was delayed there for months again and eventually the ministry released it in December after a lot of pressure."
"As we speak we are in February 2013 now, it has not been implemented, we have written several letters to the management about the implementation and they are adamant about it, we have just come here to renew the mandate and by the mandate today, if three days after today, management has not done anything to show us that they are ready to implement this conditions of service, we are going to proceed on a one-day warning strike, the various letters to that effect will be ready as from tomorrow to all our commissions, after that if they are still adamant we have no option than to give adequate notice to commence strike indefinitely until the salary structure is implemented, it is indefinite strike action."