23 January 2018

Nigeria: Strike - Aviation Union Gives FAAN 7-Day Ultimatum

Aviation union under the aegis of Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) has given the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) a 7-Day ultimatum to meet up its demands bordering on the welfare of the workers or face an industrial strike action.

In a letter dated 18th December, 2017, addressed to the Managing Director/CEO of FAAN, ANAP had demanded that FAAN management release the reviewed staff conditions of service/salary structure and to commence the promotion exercise by management, but not by consultants, effective from January, 2018.

One month after the correspondence, ANAP says they did not receive acknowledgement or any invitation to address the issues raised in the December letter.

As a reminder, the aviation union in another letter made available to LEADRSHIP, dated 18th January, 2018 and signed by ANAP Secretary General, Comrade Abdul Rasaq Saidu, stated "it is very unfair to note that since over one month of submitting our 14-day ultimatum, we have neither received management acknowledgement nor invited to a meeting to discuss issues at stake".

According to ANAP, FAAN management lack of respect to labour integrity does not encourage a healthy industrial relations best practices and peaceful co-existence other than an act of provocation and therefore, is unacceptable to ANAP".

ANAP in the statement copied to the Director Human Resources & Admin in FAAN headquarters added "having waited to hear from management before and after the expiration of the initial 14-Day ultimatum over a month and to no avail, the national secretariat of ANAP, duly mandated, have no alternative other than to serve management an additional 7-Day ultimatum from the date of this letter but failure which a spontaneous industrial strike action shall commence without further notice.

Enough is enough now that we have been pushed to the wall. Please accept our esteem regards".

In the first letter of 18th December, 2017 ANAP had lamented that the staff conditions of service/salary structure were reviewed long time ago and sent to the Ministry of Aviation for approval.

According to the professional union, the Ministry had few months ago, and without their approval, sent it back to the management for reasons they said ANAP cannot understand till moment.

"And whereas and for staying too long with management to release the conditions of service, the ANAP-FAAN Branch officers met with the DHR & Admin who pleaded to be given two weeks to study the document and shall get back to the union", the union stated.

The union added "The two weeks promised by DHR & Admin has now taken months without calling our union on this issue and as mature and peace loving trade union leaders, we again wrote to the DHR &Admin requesting for a meeting but up till the date of this letter, we have neither received acknowledgement nor being invited to a meeting with DHR & Admin and this is very unfortunate"

Meanwhile, ANAP had kicked against the proposed airport concession by the federal government, stressing that the pronouncement and determination of the federal government to concession out the four major international airports in the country has brought apprehension and agitation of FAAN staff nationwide.

It said that this confused situation has given them a serious concern and therefore becomes their responsibility to protect and represent their interests.

It therefore, vowed that they cannot fold their hands, close their mouths to allow the act of impunity on the part of the FAAN's DHR & Admin to persist unabated having waited for too long

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