Crisis Brews In Aviation Unions Over Staff Promotion

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There is brewing cri
sis of leadership in the aviation sector unions as two industrial unions, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE)and the Nigerian Aviation Professional Association (NAPA), have kicked against the recent promotion and transfer of the National President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Comrade Benjamin Okewu to Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) from Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT).
In a petition signed on behalf of the unions by the Secretary General, NAPA, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu address to the Minister of State, Aviation, a copy of which was obtained by The Tide correspondent stated that the union’s stand is predicated on alleged contravention of civil service rules and regulations over the promotion and transfer of the ATSSSAN National President.
Saidu stated in the petition that the ATSSSAN President was moved from NCAT, Zaria on Grade level 12 to AIB on Grade level 15 as against civil service rules and regulations.
The unions said that the proper thing to do is to revert such promotion and the status quo should be maintained to create industrial harmony.
The unions further alleged that the ATSSSAN President upon resumption in AIB had done nothing else except fuelling industrial disharmony, stressing that the purported secondment of the union leader is null and void until the right procedure is duly followed.
The unions stated that the ATSSSAN President cannot benefit from what the unions have been mobilising against in the aviation industry including undue promotion and compromise of public service rules and regulations.
They called on the relevant agencies to intervene as to maintain industrial peace.