Airline operators, aviation workers divided on Labour strike

Unions operating in the aviation sector are presently divided in their stance to joining the protest called by organised Labour over the increase in petrol price and electricity tariffs.

Four of the unions have expressed their support for labour, they include National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE); National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE); Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP).

By extension, the workers said they will shut the nation’s airspace and will not allow flights in any airport.

In a statement issued at the weekend, the unions said: “As you are aware, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have declared indefinite nationwide strike action with effect from Monday, September 28, 2020.

“Our unions as above named are in full support of the strike action.

“As such, all workers in the aviation sector are hereby directed to withdraw their services at all aerodromes nationwide from 00hrs of 28th September 2020 until otherwise communicated by the NLC/TUC or our unions.

However, Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) dissociated itself from the planned strike action, noting that its members would not be participating in any protest.

Its President, Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina said: “the association completely dissociates itself” from the planned indefinite strike called over government’s decision to deregulate the two sectors.

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