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Aviation unions set to disrupt NAMA operations over non-implementation of new CoS

FOUR unions have issued an August 31st ultimatum to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA)  to provide the new Condition of Service (CoS) to the workers or risk dire consequences accumulating to an industrial action.

The unions: National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPTRE) aim to press home their demands.

The unions in a communique issued at the end of emergency of Joint Action Committee (JAC) in respect of the Conditions of Service meeting held on August 15, 2019 and addressed to the Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Folayele Akinkuotu was signed by NUATE Chairman, Igene PJA, ATSSSAN chairman Dada Oluwole, AUPCTRE chairman, Tukur MSA and ANAP chairman, expressed disappointment that the new approved condition of service had been delayed longer than necessary.

They insist that should NAMA fail to resolve the problem before August 31st, 2019 deadline, it could have huge consequences on the agency and airlines operating in and out of the country, thereby adding to the precarious situation of the airspace management agency. The action could paralyze the agency.

They noted that the unions, management, National Income, Salaries, Wages Commission (NISWC) and Federal Ministry of Transport representatives met last week in Abuja and concluded all amendments as requested by the Commission.

They also disclosed that the management of NAMA was expected to provide the new approved conditions of service on or before August 31, 2019.

They however threatened that they may be forced to immediately declare industrial action if the management fails to provide the new, “approved condition of service on or before August 31, 2019”.

Communique read, “Failure to meet with the deadline may result in making the unions use all necessary means to ensure that members’ demands are met”.

Both NAMA and the workers had been embroiled over implementation of their Conditions of Service which has spanned more than seven years since approval was given by NISWC for the workers to get improved pay packages and allowances.

In 2016, the four unions threatened to shut down the airspace over the same issue until resolutions were reached at the end of the tripartite meeting held at the instance of the Federal Ministry of Transportation. NAMA, NUATE, ATSSSAN and AUPCTRE on March 3 and 4th, 2016.

The groups had declared 21-day ultimatum to commence industrial action against NAMA on March 7, 2016, if their demands which include, full implementation of the negotiated Conditions of Service (COS) and modalities for the payment of arrears due among others were not met.

As they were about to commence industrial action, the Federal Ministry of Transportation waded into the issue and convened a conciliatory meeting between the social parties with a view to reaching a workable resolution and to avert the imminent industrial action.

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