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Why aviation workers are on strike

Nigerian aviation workers have commenced their two-day warning strike with a protest on Monday.

It was gathered that the workers blocked the road leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The development inevitably left many air passengers stranded.

Here are things to know about the workers’ demands:

1. The strike follows a meeting called by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority which ended in a stalemate on Sunday.

The Director-General, Civil Aviation, Capt. Musa Nuhu, called the meeting aimed at prevailing on the unions to shelve their planned two-day warning strike with representatives of the unions in attendance.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Dr Emmanuel Meribole, was also at the meeting.

2. The unions comprising the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria; the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers and the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, are demanding, among other things, that the planned demolition of aviation agencies’ headquarters in Lagos be halted.

3. They are also advocating the implementation of the conditions of service signed with the staff of the aviation agencies.

The Deputy General Secretary of ATSSSAN, Frances Akinjole, in a short interview last night after the meeting said, “As I am talking to you, nothing has changed. If you don’t hear anything from the General Secretary, the strike continues.”

A source in the airport told that the protest was not affecting operations as the workers “just blocked the airport road.”

However, video footages on Twitter show that traffic is being affected around the airport Monday morning.


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