Sunday , 25 September 2022

NCAA unions issue regulatory body one month to implement CoS or face total shutdown

UNIONS in the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) have started mobilisation in conjunction with relevant affiliate unions nationwide for complete shutdown of the regulatory agency within the next one month if steps are not taken to implement approved Conditions of Service ( CoS) within 30 days.

NigerianFLIGHTDECK obtained a letter dated April 1,2021 addressed to the Director General of the NCAA titled: Re: Approval of the Reviewed NCAA Staff Condition of Service ( CoS) stated that the current staff conditions of service became due since 9th September 2015, six(6) years ago.

The letter jointly signed by unions including the Air Transport Senior Staff Services Association of Nigeria ( ATSSSAN), National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers (NAAPE), National Union of Air Transport Employees(NUATE) and Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals( ANAP) insisted that it was unfair that the regulatory agency which has highest international standards” in its mission statement was still paying CoS of 2013 as yard stick for remuneration.

The letter obtained by NigerianFLIGHTDECK read, “The DG may wish to recall that a committee comprising the Management and Union Leaders was set up to review the COS based on prevailing cost of living in Nigeria at that time; and this document was subsequently sent for review and approval by relevant government agencies.

“You may wish to be reminded that on 22nd May 2019 and 23rd May 2019, NCAA Workers under the auspices of the Aviation Unions embarked on Industrial Action for reasons which includes, inter alia, the non approval of the COS.

“The Industrial Action, which was the first in the history of NCAA, was only suspended after the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, assured workers that their grievances would be urgently looked into; and he personally led the Union delegates to the Salaries and Wages Commission to expedite action on approval of the COS.

“It is quite disheartening, unjust and mistrust that up till date, this reviewed COS has not been approved by all concerned government agencies, rather the NCAA management is still very comfortable using stalled COS of 2013 as yardstick for remunerations regardless of the unimaginably high cumulative inflation rates in Nigeria from 2013 till date.

“The union is worried that a Civil Aviation Authority with the vision statement “to be one of the leading civil aviation authorities in the world”; and that promised to use “highest international standards” in its mission statement has consistently demonstrated non-compliance with international Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in terms of remunerations.

“For example, several International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) documents such as Par of ICAO doc. 9734 (Safety Oversight Manual), Para of ICAO doc. 9760 (Airworthiness Manual), and Para 5.3.1 of ICAO doc. 8335 (Manual of Procedures for Operations Inspection, Certification and Surveillance) included the following statement under the technical staff requirements of any Civil Aviation Authority: “Furthermore, they should also enjoy conditions of service and remuneration consistent with their education, technical knowledge and experience and comparable to the operator’s staff whose activities they will inspect and supervise”.

“Para of ICAO doc. 9760 (Airworthiness Manual) also included additional statement that: “The CAAs should ensure they attract and retain technically competent personnel with the credibility and competence to interact with industry in an efficient and effective manner”.

“It is no longer news that the average remuneration of Inspectors in the CAA is so low when compared to what is obtainable in the industry that we regulate.

“The DG may wish to know that the CAA has lost over thirty (30) qualified Technical Inspectors when the Authority has spent enormous resources in training and re-training of these inspectors.

“The remunerations of workers is so poor that they are paid such low housing allowances insufficient to rent a good accommodation without borrowing or securing loans to augment the rent in neighbouring towns near the airport.”

“NCAA Unions can no longer allow this disservice on its hard working and dedicated members to continue.

“In view of the foregoing, the Joint Aviation Committee (JAC) has concluded to start mobilisation in conjunction with our relevant affiliate unions nationwide for complete shutdown within the next one month if urgent and concrete steps are not taken to seek the approval of the Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission and the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. fulfilled.” It read.

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