According to Aitumen Igbinosa, Radio Nigeria Lagos, unions in the aviation industry have threatened to withdraw their services over the non-release of the reviewed Condition of Service (CoS as negotiated between them and four aviation agencies for over seven years.
Others are the non-implementation of the minimum wage, consequential adjustments, and arrears for the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMet, since 2019, and the planned demolition of all the agency buildings in Lagos by the Minister of Aviation for an airport city project.
In a notice of a two-day warning strike to workers of all aviation agencies and signed by the secretaries general of the five unions, it states that, if the warning strike billed to commence on the 17th and 18th of this month fails, an indefinite strike shall ensue.
The scribes of the unions—the National Union of Air Transport Employees, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreation Services Employees—who signed the notice said they had earlier issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Minister of Aviation since February 7, 2023, on the same matter.
According to the notice, the ultimatum had since expired and nothing tangible had been yielded from their efforts.
The unions have directed all their members to comply with the directive, while all state councils, branches, and executives have been urged to enforce it without compromise.