The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has intervened in the planned strike of Aviation Security (AvSec) and the logistics sub-sector strike planned to commence today (Thursday).
The apex regulatory body asked for a week extension on the matter so that it can address the issue raised by the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) over poor remuneration of the concerned workers.
Confirming the intervention of the NCAA, the secretary general of NUATE, Comrade Ocheme Aba, said the leadership of the regulatory body, Captain Musa Nuhu intervened by asking for a week’s extension.
The union had asked members to stay action on the strike, which was expected to commence this afternoon.
The union is presently awaiting an official letter from the NCAA on its intervention plan.
NUATE had in a circular issued and signed by its General Secretary with copies sent to the NCAA, Commissioner of Police at the airport and the State Security Service, titled: ‘Circular Letter To All Aviation Security and Logistics Employers in Nigeria’, the union informed of the notice of withdrawal of services.
The notice of the withdrawal of services according to the union was based on the continuous impoverishment of employees of the aviation security and logistics sub-sector of the aviation sector in Nigeria.
The circular partly stated:
“As you are all aware, the union has done everything possible to resolve the lingering crisis of extreme impoverishment of employees of Aviation Security (AvSec) & logistics sub-sector of the aviation industry in Nigeria, but to no avail.
“The managements of all the companies in the business have all failed to secure decent contracts that can avail fair remuneration for their workers. With current salary levels as low as N30,000 a month for graduates, there is no gain saying that AvSec employment in Nigeria is nothing other than a slave labour camp; to call a spade a spade.
“This situation can no longer be allowed to continue.
“In this regard, and further to our letter of ultimatum dated 26th June, 2023, all workers in all Aviation Logistics companies in Nigeria are hereby directed to totally withdraw services as from August 16, 2023 indefinitely, until our demand for fair remuneration is met.
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