…we are already in talks with unions- Agency
Aviation unions this afternoon issued the management of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) a 21 day ultimatum to commence full implementation of all the agreed terms in the new Conditions of Service and pay for the arrears of salaries and allowance of staff which accrued since the extant Conditions of Service lapsed in 2012 or face the wrath of the unions.
The Unions, Air Transport Senior Staff Services of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) and the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) in a letter to the NAMA management frowned at what it described as NAMA’s insensitivity to the workers for 4 years.
However, Ag General Manager Public Affairs, Mrs Olajumoke Adetona who reacted via a telephone conversation said that the onus of implementation no longer lies with the management of the airspace navigators stressing that NAMA has done its part.
Mrs Adetona said that the NAMA management have been meeting with the unions over the issues and that they have received the letter from the unions which has been responded to, stating that there is likely to be a meeting next week to address the issues and forestall any breakdown once the Managing director is in town.
She said that the NAMA management has not abandoned anyone and is working assiduously to ensure that the challenges are surmounted contrary to the unions’ line of thought that NAMA is the one holding the implementation down.
The unions, in the letter to NAMA alleged that the airspace managers have taken for granted the maturity and social responsibility that its members have been displaying to ensure that the Agency continues to discharge its duties and responsibilities, meeting up with global aviation standards, as the Management has been dithering on the full execution of the reviewed Conditions of Service which lapsed since 2012.
The letter signed by Comrade (Alh) M. A. Bello, General Secretary AUPCTRE, Ag. General Secretary NUATE, Comrade Olayinka Abioye, and General Secretary of ATSSSAN, Omotaje Olawale stated that a review ought to take place every two years yet in 2016, management feels comfortable that several workers are left behind at the same sordid social and economic conditions of 2012.
The union declared, “The joint Unions platform therefore un-equivocally resolves as follows: That, within Twenty One Days (21) after receipt of this letter, Management should commence full implementation of all the agreed terms in the new Conditions of Service.”
“Management should immediately invite the Unions to agree on modalities to pay for the arrears of salaries and allowance of staff which should have accrued to them since the extant Conditions of Service lapsed in 2012.”
“If the Management failed to accede to these two demands, the Unions and its members of shall be at liberty to deploy any legitimate arsenal in their custody to compel the Management to perform its obligations to workers in tandem with extant laws.”
“We are now at a cross-roads and we cannot but step up the tempos to enhance the welfare of our members no matter whose ox is gored because we are confident that the heaven shall not fall when justice is done. Please, take note that copies of this correspondence is being sent to all relevant social partners and stakeholders for their information and intervention,” the letter concluded.