Aviation Workers Strike Put On Hold – Spokesman


The General Manager, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr Supo Atobatele, has said that the planned strike by the unions in the aviation sector had been put on hold.
Mr Atobetele aid the unions in the aviation sector had threatened to down tools over alleged non-implementation of their new salary structure by the management of NAMA.
The unions are the Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association (ATSSSA) National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers.
Mr Atobetele told newsmen in a telephone interview on Tuesday that the management of NAMA was looking into the demands of the workers with a view to addressing them.
According to him, the management of NAMA held a closed-door meeting with executives of the unions and resolved the contending issues of welfare raised by the unions and asked them to shelve the planned protest and strike.
He, therefore, concluded that the workers are not expected to embark on the planned strike scheduled for March 1, 2014, throughout the country.
When The Tide approached some of the workers at the Port Harcourt International Airport, most of them feigned ignorance of the planned strike but admitted that there are issues agitating the minds of the workers.
They hoped that the planned strike would be carried out to compel the management to address the issues because the workers are being shot-changed, adding that the union executives must be alive to their responsibilities to protect the interest of the work force.