NIGERIA AIRPORTS ON LOCKDOWN: PASSENGERS STRANDED FOR SEVERAL HOURS
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today embarked on a six-hour warning strike to demand for better pay and improved working conditions for its members.
One of the contentious issues is disparity in the rating allowances paid to Air Traffic Control Officers with their counterparts in Engineering Department in the Nigeria Aviation Sector.
In an interview with kapital929.fm , the General Secretary of the Association, Mr.Bolaji Olawode said the strike was in preparation for a major industrial action which would commence next Monday, if relevant government agencies continue to treat their issues with levity.
Mr.Olawode said it had been over a month that the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission Approved the review of their allowances after series of meetings but the Ministry of Aviation failed to implement the review.
“This is one month after, nothing has been done as per the need of the approval and the implementation of allowance because all along we have been paid lesser than others within the agency, if they have decided not to answer, this time around, everybody is tired”.
Mr. Olawode alleged that the Ministries of Aviation, Labour and Productivity, as well as the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission had not shown commitment to issues affecting the workers.
“Its like nobody even care, as we are talking nobody is talking to us, if there is any reason to review it, we will review it and if there is any need for us to suspend, we will do”.
When contacted ,the Managing Director,Nigeria Airspace management Agency, NAMA, Mr .Ibrahim Abdulsalam said efforts were on to resolve the matter.
Our Aviation correspondent, reports that scores of passengers were stranded at the Lagos airport and others across the country.
The warning strike lasted between SEVEN O CLOCK in the morning and ONE O CLOCK in the afternoon.