Merger: Aviation unions to embark on two-day warning strike

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By LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
LAGOS— Aviation unions in the country are to embark on a two-day warning strike over the recent merger plan of some agencies in the ministry by the government.

Vanguard gathered that the unions, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN; National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE and National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, NAAPE, have mobilised their members in preparation for the two-day warning strike aimed at paralyzing the country’s aviation sector.

Investigations reveal that the unions have set in motion the process of endorsing the national strike, first of its kind in the country as they have vowed to close down airports across the country.

To perfect their strategies, the unions have written to the National Assembly, Presidency and the National Security Adviser over the planned strike and itemized reasons why government must not go ahead with its plan but yield to their demands of not merging the agencies.

Investigation further revealed that Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association, ATSSSAN, has concluded plans to get the endorsement of the strike from all its organs as its National Administrative Council Meeting and National Executive Council has scheduled a meeting for this month.

At a recent media briefing in Lagos, the three unions condemned the action of the Steve Oransanya-led committee that suggested merger of service providers and regulatory body, saying it was not possible as it will retard development in the aviation sector.

All aviation stakeholders and professionals have condemned the proposed merger, describing it as retrogressive.

Contacted, President of ATSSSAN, Comrade Benjamin Okewu said the unions were currently meeting to take their stands and confirmed that NEC meeting will be held soon.

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